Pride isn't the only thing on the line when the Buckeyes take on the Trojans Saturday night in the Shoe as a bevy of elite recruits will be on hand to witness the event. Jordan Hicks, Seantrel Henderson and LaMarcus Joyner, all legitimate top 20 prospects, will be in making official visits and all also have the distinction of having both Ohio State and Southern Cal in their fives.
Corner Joshua Shaw and tackle Chaz Green, two top fifty talents that also have USC and OSU in their short lists will also be in attendance, as will the other Corey Brown, St. Thomas Aquinas star Brandon Linder and super-leg Will Hagerup.
Perhaps just as important as winning the services of undecided recruits will be the visit of verbal James Louis. Though he has maintained that he's a definite future Buckeye, Urban Meyer has ratcheted up Florida's pursuit of the wideout.
The list of other players, both seniors (committed and not) and juniors that will be in Columbus on an unofficial visit is almost too large to enumerate, but if you can think of a big get from Ohio in the 2011 class, they will likely be in the Shoe Saturday night.
Though it might not rival last year's Oscar night at the Coliseum, other stars will be in attendance. LeBron James will most certainly be there, as will Eddie George and Mike Conley. It's also a pretty huge weekend for Thad Matta and the basketball program as they'll welcome in the 2010 class as well as several 2011 prospects.
If things break the right way, Ohio State could be reaping the benefits for months or even years to come.