November 27, 2011

Fla. WR makes the switch

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The positive recruiting momentum is already starting for the Ohio State football team. On Sunday evening three-star Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward made the switch from Miami (FL) to Ohio State to become the No. 16 commitment in the 2012 class for the Buckeyes. Southward delivered the news to Ohio State wide receivers coach Stan Drayton on Sunday evening.

"Yes I switched (to Ohio State), I called coach Drayton about an hour ago" said Southward. "I'm just looking forward to having a successful career up there, they have a great education to fall back on."

Southward's decision comes just a week after making an official visit to Columbus. Southward said his trip to Columbus helped sway him towards making the switch.

"I had a good visit last week," he said. "I talked to some people and got some advice and stuff and I just feel like it's a better fit for me, going to Ohio State."

Southward cited the team unity he witnessed while on campus and said it's something he wanted to be a part of.

"Basically when I went up there I just bonded with the team," he said. "It was a good atmosphere up there for me and the family aspect and everything with it being far from home, I really liked it up there."

With rumors swirling about Urban Meyer becoming the next head coach at Ohio State, Southward said he would welcome that idea but that his switch to the Buckeyes was not based at all on the coaching situation in Columbus.

"I've been a Gator fan my whole life," he explained. "I like Urban Meyer but really this didn't have a real big effect on me. If he decides to coach then that's good, if not, then I'm still going up there and doing what I do best."

Southward becomes the fourth wide receiver in Ohio State's 2012 class and the first high school prospect from outside the state of Ohio.


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