Two days before the Ohio State spring game, and the coaching staff is hard at work looking for prospects for 2015 and beyond, offering Norcross (Ga.) defensive back Darius Slayton today.
A 6-foot-2, 182-pound defensive back, Slayton has been timed near 4.4 in the 40-yard-dash, and it's his speed that has the Buckeyes interested. He also holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia and a host of other schools.
"(Ohio State offensive co-ordinator) Tom Herman is the one who offered me," Slayton told 11W. "We've been talking for like the last week."
Although he plays both ways at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Slayton says the Buckeyes are recruiting him at cornerback.
"I spoke with the defensive backs coach," he said of where the Buckeyes see him. "He's the one who broke down why they offered me. They like my speed and my length and think I have good hip mobility."
With a slew of offers from the south's best football programs, the defensive back says he knows a bit about the Buckeyes.
"I know a decent amount about the Buckeyes," he said. "Just from watching them on TV over the years. I like Ohio State. I like any school that has good coaches and a good program and a place where I can get a good education."
Of course, the Buckeyes know it's not an easy thing to lure the best talent from the south north for football. Slayton admits he's got a preference towards staying home.
"I like the south, I grew up a fan of the SEC, so it'd be hard to leave," Slayton admitted. "Location is somewhat a priority (for me.) I could possibly schedule a visit to Ohio State, I am not sure yet, though."