December 14, 2008

Boren has great time on his visit

Future and potential Buckeyes made it onto this campus from near and far this weekend for a big recruiting weekend. Few players had any shorter of a distance to go than Pickerington (Ohio) fullback/linebacker Zach Boren and the visit got high marks from the three star commitment.

There have been plenty of the chances for the future teammates to get together and meet but this is the largest scale visit that these players have been able to have and it went off without a hitch.

"It was great and I never have really been around them all like that like we were this weekend," Boren said. "All of them are great guys and all of them are outgoing and fun to be around and that is definitely good especially when you are going off to college without your family and stuff."

Boren has made several visits to Ohio State throughout the past year and will have the chance to play with his older brother Justin next season. Justin was his host on Friday night while redshirt-to-be freshman Jake Stoneburner was Boren's host on Saturday. The visit gave all of the incoming prospects a chance to check things out and to meet some of the older players who they will be learning from in the years to com.

"Friday night we all had dinner at the Woody Hayes and then we went out with all of our hosts," Boren said. "Saturday we had breakfast and then had some meetings and watched practice and then went to the basketball game. We got to meet with the academic people and take some tours and then we all went out to eat at Mongolian Barbeque over at Easton. Then after that we went out with our hosts and just hung out."

Boren was one of 16 current commits on campus but many eyes were on three players who have not committed as of yet. Quarterback Tajh Boyd and Offensive Lineman Marcus Hall were both there on official visits while Receiver Marlon Brown made a second trip to Columbus after taking an official in October.

"I definitely think that all three of them loved it," Boren said. "I didn't talk to Marlon as much because he was not on an official visit so he couldn't really do as many things with us. Marcus and Tajh I know had a great time and something good should be coming from at least one of them."

Boren's senior season of football came to an abrupt halt when a catastrophic injury shut him down as he tore is ACL, MCL and meniscus but things are coming along just fine with the rehab after recent surgery.

"I had surgery this past week (Tuesday) and it went well," Boren said. "I am in a leg brace and they are trying to get me out of it this next weekend coming up and I will be walking in a little brace. It (stinks) but you have got to go on."

When will Boren be able to resume his football work?

"They said I should be walking this next weekend without crutches hopefully, that is our goal," Boren said. "I should be jogging at eight to ten weeks and I just go on from there. They said I should be 100-percent, full contact, full cutting, full everything by June."

With Boren still planning on being an early enrollee to Ohio State it will give him a chance to get his feet wet in the classroom before he is cleared to go in the summer with the rest of his teammates.

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