March 4, 2011

Pace enjoyed his junior day trip

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The Ohio State coaching staff is passing out offers to in-state defensive linemen like they are candy. The Buckeyes have offered seven in-state prospects already along the defensive line and are still keeping tabs on a few others. One player who falls into the latter category is Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville product Alex Pace. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman was in Columbus this past Sunday on an unofficial visit.

"Everything went good down there," Pace explained. "I got to meet with all of the coaches and everything and talk recruiting and all of that."

Pace came down with a pair of his Glenville teammates, De'van Bogard and Willie Henry, and took in the Buckeyes' big win over Indiana.

"It was great," Pace said of the atmosphere. "Everybody just showed what a big family O-State is and they all showed their spirit. I loved it down there."

Pace is well aware of the offers that Ohio State has on the table to other defensive line prospects, but claims that if an offer were to come his way at some point, that the depth chart wouldn't factor too heavily into his decision.

"I asked them about (the defensive line offers), but if they offer me I'm not worried about the depth chart," he said. "I would just have to show that I'm better than everyone that they offer and work hard."

Pace recently got some exciting news as he picked up his first verbal offer and it came from a coaching staff with a lot of ties to the Ohio State program.

"I just got my first offer from Kent State," Pace said. "It felt good. I just got done talking to them and they were telling me how great I would be for their family. They have great coaches and a new coaching staff."

Pace's versatility is the reason why many schools are showing interest as he has the ability to play both inside and outside.

"Kent State offered me as a defensive tackle," he explained. "Some schools are saying defensive tackle but a lot of schools are saying strong defensive end."

Pace is hoping to get around to some more schools over the spring and has two unofficial visits tentatively scheduled.

"I'm going to Akron on Sunday," he said. "Kent State was also talking to me about their spring ball so I might be going down there sometime. Other than that I'm just practicing and working hard."

Pace is also planning to take part in Glenville's summer bus tour which will include stops all over the Midwest including Ohio State and Michigan State.


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