May 27, 2008

Buckeyes strike again in Michigan

Recruiting is a 365 day a year operation and even though the summer may seem to be a slow time in the world of college football it is a great time for college recruiting and the Buckeyes picked up a big commit from Grosse Pointe (Mich.) tight end Reid Fragel on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-8, 251-pound tight end had worked things down to a top two of Ohio State and Michigan State but when it all came down to it first impressions meant more than in-state loyalty and the Buckeyes picked up commit number 15 of the year.

"When i first visited OSU, I was blown away and immediately fell in love with it," Fragel told "Just seeing the facilities and getting to know the coaching staff and the campus life really made it clear to me."

Fragel's dad played for a while at Michigan State and it was a widely believed that there could be some at home pressure to play for the Green and White over the Scarlet and Gray.

"Actually that's one thing that has been said a lot, but it isn't true," Fragel joked. "He graduated from Northern Michigan after he transferred from (Michigan) State."

There has been speculation if Fragel will project as a tight end or an offensive tackle in college. The newest Buckeye said that Ohio State has talked to him about tight end only at this point and that they haven't talked about moving him onto the offensive line through his recruitment.

Fragel is the second player from the state of Michigan to opt to play for the Buckeyes in the class of 2009 (James Jackson being the other). Is it hard to leave the home state?

"It was tough, that was one of the bigger factors to over come was the fact that my friends all basically are going to MSU," Fragel said. "But I have a lot of family in Ohio and I was born in Chicago and then actually lived in Toledo (Ohio) for a few years of my life. So I never really considered it my home state too much."

Fragel enjoyed the recruiting process but is happy to have it over with.

"It was definitely interesting," Fragel said. "I loved it but it had its stressful moments, but that is necessary in order to make the best decision possible. I'm glad that I can just focus on my senior season now."

Steve Hare of contributed to this report and conducted the interview with Fragel

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