February 3, 2012
Bivin talks Ohio State offer
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Last Sunday’s junior day at Ohio State saw many of the top prospects in the state of Ohio in Columbus for the men’s basketball game against Michigan. However, one of the top prospects in attendance did not hail from the Buckeye State as Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo offensive tackle Hunter Bivin made the trip north to get his first experience at Ohio State.
“It was awesome,” said Bivin. “I had never been to Columbus before. I obviously knew that Ohio State was a powerhouse in the country before with (former head coach Jim Tressel). It was an awesome experience to get up there and talk to coach Meyer, I met with him for about 30 minutes. I got to see all of the facilities and go into the stadium when it was empty, it was really fun, I had a good time.”
Bivin’s appearance at the junior day led to an offer from the Buckeyes and the 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect was excited to add another big offer to his constantly expanding list.
“I was blown away,” he said. “Coach Meyer is definitely one of the best coaches in college football and has been over the last 10 years. With Ohio State being ‘The’ Ohio State, it was unbelievably exciting.”
In addition to meeting the coaching staff, Bivin was able to hang around to watch Ohio State’s defeat of Michigan on the basketball floor.
“It was fun,” he said. “Jared Sullinger is one of my favorite players so I enjoyed watching him.”
Bivin knows a thing or two about playing in the low post and says he uses other sports to help him on the football field.
“I’m a center for my high school team,” he said. “It definitely helps my footwork and playing shape and all of that good stuff. In the spring time I throw shot and discus so I play two different sports that help me with football.”
Ohio State is one of 10 programs that have already offered Bivin, who says he would like to let all of the offers come in before starting to narrow things down.
“It’s awesome,” Bivin said. “I’m just trying to go with the flow and take it all in and enjoy it. I’m just trying to play it by ear and let the offers come in so that I have as many options as possible.”
On the football field, Bivin is a versatile lineman for his high school team, playing both center and tackle at times as a junior. Bivin added that he expects to stay outside at the next level.
“I don’t think I have the body type for a college center,” he said. “I think they would like me out on the edge at tackle.”
Ohio State won’t be the last junior day visit that Bivin makes this winter as he has four other schools in mind that he is hoping to check out.
“I’m going to Auburn, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame,” he said. “I don’t have the exact dates but I’ll going to those schools this winter. I’m just looking at the type of football programs they have and to meet all of the coaches and see how they are and just try to find a group of guys that I’d like to play with over the next four or five years.”
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