Buckeyes Shooting Straight With Conrad

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 29, 2014 at 5:38p
Conrad towers over Tim Hinton

As the nation's 8th-ranked tight end, C.J. Conrad is a pretty hot commodity on the recruiting trail. He's got scholarship offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Duke, Indiana, Illinois and others, but he's still waiting on the major regional programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Notre Dame to come through with a scholarship.

Today, Conrad was back at Ohio State where he checked out the Buckeyes' scrimmaging and sat in on positional meetings with Ohio State's tight end coach, Tim Hinton. It was a visit that was illuminating for Conrad for a number of reasons. 

"Coach Hinton was really honest," Conrad told Eleven Warriors about his day trip to Columbus. "We got to talk one-on-one a lot and he said he is very interested and he wouldn't of asked me to come if I wasn't a guy they were super interested in. I got to sit on tight end meetings, which was great. They really focus on being a compete tight end."

The Buckeye did not offer Conrad during his visit, but he says the relationship is strong between he and Hinton because of Ohio State's commitment to being honest about their evaluation of him.

"My film is hard to evaluate because of the competition I play (against,)" he said of what the delay in "major" offers could be. "(Ohio State) wants to see me again at camp to make sure they're is making the right decision in offering. They wants me to camp to earn it, and I'm good with that." 

After the Buckeye visit today, Conrad is done with college visits until the summer. Until then, he's going to be working hard to prepare himself for an important camp season.

"I'm going to be working harder than ever to put on weight, and to get stronger and faster," he added about how he'll prepare for summer camps. "I will prove to them I'm good enough to play for the Ohio State University."

Conrad had a busy spring, visited Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. Now he's going to get back to work earn the offers he covets. Despite no offer from the Buckeyes yet, he's optimistic after today's visit.

"Today was very positive," he concluded. "I can tell I'm important to Ohio State."



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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is it safe to say that CJ will commit the moment he gets an offer?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+3 HS
Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Told me yesterday that he would not, but I am not sure I believe him.

Seattle Linga's picture

Sure sounds like it and that his experience here is where he wants to be. Hopefully he will earn the offer soon. Always nice to have player that want to be here and are in the right situation.

+2 HS
allinosu's picture

6'5-218lbs.4.82 40. 31.4 vertical. 315 bench.34.0 powerball. 375 squat. Not sure what an E rating means. Looks like he has a good foundation which he needs to work on. Plays basketball which he considers himself quick and fights for the ball. I like this kid. Hope he works hard to improve some.

ibuck's picture

6'5-218lbs....31.4 vertical. . . .Plays basketball which he considers himself quick and fights for the ball.

If he grows an inch or so, rebounds and dives for a loose ball, maybe Matta will offer him.  ; ) 

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

ab1993's picture

8th ranked TE in the nation and we haven't offered?

+1 HS
d1145fresh's picture

Tight end, IMO, is pretty tough to gauge with a ranking. Anymore there are really two types of TEs. Block first and catch first guys. Not saying this kid doesn't fit what OSU is looking for in their TE but there might be others out there that fit the OSU tight end model better. 

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Conrad and Clark please.

buckskin's picture

We may not like it all the time with the ohio guys, but I love the fact that the staff is honest with these recruits. They let the players know where they stand and what it will take to earn an offer.

FitzBuck's picture

Better to be honest than not accept a kids "commitment" or worse pull the offer.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

DenBuck's picture

Sounds like a great kid...from Ohio...perhaps not elite but a good solid player...I'd offer now...we are unlikely to get elite TEs since we don't use them much. Speaks highly of his character that he is willing to come to camp to earn his offer. This is all good and well unless he commits elsewhere before he camps. 

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