April 23, 2008

Spiker still hoping for an offer

Dresden (Ohio) Tri Valley interior lineman Ryan Spiker may be one of the best interior lineman prospects in the state of Ohio, but the 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect that plays both sides of the ball has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State.

Though Spiker has not obtained a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, he was invited to attend Saturday's Scarlet and Gray game, an event that reminded the senior-to-be how much he was interested in Ohio State.

Spiker, who had previously visited Ohio State's spring practices, experienced his first game in the Horseshoe, and to him, it lived up to the hype.

"It was really exciting because when we walked out there I definitely wasn't used to that many people," Spiker said. "Walking out onto that field and looking up at everyone was really pretty sweet.

"Going into the game I thought it was going to be fun and sweet, but it turned out to be a lot more than I expected. I wouldn't have expected that many people (to show up) and everyone treating me that nice and everything. I have been up for spring practices and junior day, but I really had a good time at the scrimmage."

Spiker already has received a collection of offers from schools, including West Virginia, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Bowling Green, Wake Forest, Buffalo, and Miami (OH), but is still hoping for an Ohio State offer.

If Ohio State were to offer, the Buckeyes would immediately be placed into Spiker's top-two choices. However, Spiker said he is most likely going to have to wait until Ohio State's camp.

"I hope (I get an offer from Ohio State)," Spiker said. "The way (offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman) was talking is we are going to have to wait until camp (for an offer) and see how I do there. (If they do) they would be in my top-two."

Spiker had an eventful day Saturday before the game, as he went to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and to the recruiting offices. He had the opportunity to converse with Bollman, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, and head coach Jim Tressel before the spring game started.

His time to chat was limited, however, as the coaches had to prepare for the quickly approaching spring game.

"More or less they just asked me how I was doing and how my family was and everything," Spiker said. "They were glad I was up there and everything. I talked to them right before the scrimmage so I didn't get a chance to talk to them for very long, but I am going to go back up some time and talk to Bollman."

Spiker has been drawing interest from an array of other schools, but as of now doesn't have any plans of visiting them.

"Not right at the moment I don't have any plans of visiting other schools," Spiker said. "Illinois has shown interest and they want me to come to camp, too."

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