September 8, 2011

Bucks looking at another back?

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With the top two fullbacks on Ohio State's depth chart being juniors, the Buckeyes will likely be looking to land one in either the 2012 or 2013 class. Lately, interest has been picking up in Fort Mill (S.C) Nation Ford product Brandon Sturdivant. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back missed his entire junior season with a torn ACL but is back healthy and contributing this fall on the field and the Buckeyes have taken notice.

"So far the only person that I've spoken to is coach (Greg) Gillum," said Sturdivant. "I've been going through him (to communicate with) coach (Dick) Tressel, the running backs coach."

Sturdivant is being recruited at multiple positions including fullback, halfback, and even slot receiver. So far, Ohio State has been talking about a fullback/powerback role.

"They said that they're thinking they're going to take a fullback in this class," he explained. "They haven't found any fullbacks yet that really stand out to them (in the 2012 class). I sent them film yesterday (Wednesday) morning so they said they should get it by tomorrow (Friday) so I'm just waiting to hear back from them next week about what the next step is that we're going to take."

Ohio State is one of a handful of BCS programs that are waiting to see some senior film on Sturdivant before deciding on an offer.

"South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, and Oregon (are showing interest)," he said. "I don't have any offers to date but I didn't play last season, I tore my ACL. I don't have any favorite schools; I'm just taking it all in right now and trying to get my first offer."

Sturdivant is hoping to make it out on some unofficial visits in the near future.

"I know I'm going down to Florida for the Alabama game," he said. "My sister lives down in Columbia so whenever I'm down there I'm going to try and go to a South Carolina game. My teammate (Jay Jay McCullough) committed to Clemson over the summer so I might go over there a few times with him."

Sturdivant is hoping his senior film will lead to some offers and when it comes time to make a decision, he plans to weigh three factors.

"First thing is playing time, that will be the biggest thing," he said. "I know the coaches can't promise anything but I want to know that I have a shot to play. As far as the team concept, I want a family atmosphere. I won't be at home so I'll need to feel that. Third is academics, I'd like to major in Business Management."

Sturdivant also added that he would like to try and schedule an official visit to Ohio State if the opportunity to do so is presented.


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