December 28, 2011

Dodson still sorting things out

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It would be hard to argue that there's a more important recruit left on the board for Ohio State than Cleveland Heights (Ohio) offensive tackle Kyle Dodson. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound four-star prospect is a soft-verbal to Wisconsin but is taking his official visits as he tries to come to a final decision. Dodson's most recent visit came nearly two weeks ago when he headed south to Auburn.

"It was nice," said Dodson. "I got to spend a lot of time with coach (Jeff) Grimes talking about the offensive scheme and what position he expects to see me at and stuff like that. They only have one tackle on scholarship right now going into next year."

The Auburn visit came a week after his official visit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes have put the full court press on Dodson, which is not surprising given the dire need for true offensive tackles on the roster. Dodson and head coach Urban Meyer have quickly begun to build a strong relationship.

"The Ohio State visit was nice," he said. "Coach Meyer is a great guy and he's going to turn that program around."

The elephant in the room right now in Dodson's recruitment is the staff shake-up at Wisconsin. The Badgers lost offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to Pittsburgh as he took over the head coaching job. Chryst also took Wisconsin's offensive line coach, Bob Bostad, along with him.

"It was surprising," Dodson said. "I really don't know yet (how it will affect Wisconsin's chances). I need to sit down and figure things out."

Dodson's other scheduled visit is USC and the Trojans are making a strong push for the athletic tackle and the recent success of USC's offensive linemen has his attention.

"I watched them on TV a couple of times and their left tackle (Matt Kalil) is going to the League this year," he explained. "He's a beast out there so I want to meet their O-Line coach and see what the city is like."

Though no other visits are scheduled at this time, Dodson made it clear that he plans to take his fifth official visit at some point in January. The school that will receive that visit is yet to be determined.

"I'm going to take that fifth official visit," he said. "I don't know where it will be yet. Michigan State, Michigan, and a couple of others are (potential destinations)."

With many of the schools on Dodson's list in need of depth at offensive tackle, playing time isn't as big of a factor as one might think. For Dodson, it's all about comfort level.

"I think the biggest thing is just going where I'm most comfortable," he said.

In the mean time, Dodson is preparing to head to San Antonio on New Year's Day for the US Army All-American Bowl and he's looking forward to taking in the entire experience.

"I've never been to Texas before and I want to see (San Antonio)," he said. "I'm also looking forward to some great competition in the game."


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