February 23, 2010

Lynch has ties to Ohio

With two defensive ends in the fold the Buckeyes have been working hard at securing one of the nation's top classes at that position. Things would go a long way if Ohio State lands Cape Coral (Fla.) defensive end Aaron Lynch. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder has been blowing up nationally and the Buckeyes recently threw their hat into the ring.

"(The Ohio State coaches) called my coach and they told him that they were offering and then I got to speak to them on the phone," Lynch said. "(Previously) they had told me that they were going to go over my film and then a few days later I got the offer from them."

Lynch holds more than a dozen offers including ones from Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Notre Dame and LSU just to name a few.

But the Ohio State offer was a surprise when it came down and even though Lynch is not proclaiming any favorites there was an added reason to be thrilled about an offer from the Buckeyes.

"My reaction to it was I was honored because I have family up there in Ohio and my grandfather is an Ohio State fan," Lynch said. "It really was an honor."

Lynch already possesses the size and the speed to be successful at the next level but there is still talk that Lynch could fill out more and be that much more imposing on the field.

"I just turned 17 now so I am pretty sure I could be growing a little bit more like an inch or so," Lynch said.

The Buckeyes recently have employed a defensive line scheme where a speed end (LEO) lines up on one side while a bigger end is on the other end. The contrasting styles have seemed to work so far for the Buckeyes and even though Lynch could put on more pounds to get into the 265-pound range he doesn't feel that it would exclude him from occupying any position if he were to choose Ohio State at the end of the process.

"I can do all that," Lynch said. "I am strong and physical but I am also athletic so I can really do both. I have good speed for my size."

Lynch is listed as a strongside defensive end currently by Rivals.com but there is no preference at this point for him.

"Wherever I am best at is where I will be playing," Lynch said.

Will the 2011 star have a chance to check out some of his favorite schools anytime soon? It isn't as easy for out-of-state prospects to just jump in a car and make it to one of the Ohio State junior days so a little bit more planning is needed.

"I am going to be spending my spring break (or sometime after the school year) with my coaching flying up there and do a road trip to all of the colleges," Lynch said

And with so many offers in hand now and more sure to come in the coming weeks do the Buckeyes have a chance of landing him and adding to their recent trend of pulling players out of the state of Florida?

"I am very interested in them for sure," Lynch said.

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