Any chance that the Trojans would be taking the Buckeyes lightly based on their performance against Ohio on Saturday promptly flew out the window when Ray Small shared his OSU vs. USC recruiting experiences with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg after the game:
"As I took my visit to USC, I'm like, 'How are they successful? They're not even serious about the game,' " Small said. "Before the game, they're all going crazy. Me and [Buckeyes defensive end] Rob Rose was on the visit and I'm looking like, 'Wow.' And then the coach said, 'You better get out of here. It's 'bout to get hectic.'
"And then I come [to Ohio State] on the visit and before the game, it's all quiet, everybody getting taped, coaches talking. It's the total opposite."
But that was relatively tame compared to what he said next:
"Here at Ohio State, they teach you to be a better man," Small said. "There, it's just all about football."
The postgame comments were quickly picked up (and amplified) by the Los Angeles Times and the junior may find himself heading right back into Tressel's doghouse right after turning in his finest performance as a Buckeye.