February 8, 2011

Dodson on the verge of an offer?

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The state of Ohio always produces outstanding offensive linemen and the 2012 class is certainly no different. The Buckeyes already have verbal commitments from two of the state's best in Kyle Kalis and Jacoby Boren but a third in-state offer could be coming soon. Cleveland Heights (Ohio) offensive tackle Kyle Dodson was in Columbus on Tuesday Evening on an unofficial visit and according to the big 6-foot-6, 315-pound lineman, the Bucks may be close to offering.

"It was great," said Dodson, of the visit. "I met basically all of the coaches and I got to see the team workout and stuff in the weight room and all the new technology they have and everything. We talked about how I play and everything and if I have a future and that I'm very close to an offer."

As one of the premier offensive tackles in Ohio, if not the entire Midwest, Dodson has seen a lot of interest come his way recently including a few scholarship offers.

"I have offers from Michigan State, Illinois, and I just received an offer today from West Virginia," Dodson said.

In addition to those schools, Dodson is also receiving heavy interest from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and Wisconsin. With offers starting to come in, Dodson isn't in any hurry to narrow down his list.

"I don't have any favorites yet because I haven't seen enough," Dodson said. "I need to see more for me to narrow my list down and name favorites."

Once Dodson does decide to narrow things down, the Buckeyes look to be in strong position to make the cut.

"They're definitely going to be high on my list when I create one," he said.

Another school that figures to make the cut is Michigan State, as Dodson took in a bowl practice in December.

"It was amazing when coach Mark Dantonio talked to me during one of the bowl practices," Dodson explained. "That made an impression to me how he just took time out in the middle of practice to talk to me for like 10 minutes."

This summer, Dodson plans to camp at Ohio State and Michigan State and possibly a few other schools as he hopes to continue to impress college coaches.

"I'm just going to be focusing on my technique and getting faster and stronger," he said.

Perhaps even more important to Dodson than recruiting, is his upcoming senior football season. Dodson is using the off-season wisely to take his game to the next level but he's also hoping his work ethic will rub off on his teammates as he has set some lofty goals for his team this year.

"Right now I'm focusing on my team," Dodson explained. "I really want to get us together because I really want to win a state championship. I want to get my team ready and I want to be a leader so I've got to get them together."

The key, according to Dodson, will be an unselfish, team-oriented approach by each player.

"We need to be one team, no stars," Dodson said. "I don't want to hear about the scholarships or any of that, there are no stars on this team. I'm not a star, I'm a left tackle. I don't like taking glory or whatever, I'm not that kind of dude."


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