April 2, 2008

Boren picks up a big offer

While older brother Justin Boren has been front and center in the headlines around the college football world it has been easy to overlook younger brother Zach Boren out of Pickerington (Ohio) Central high school. The college coaches have not overlooked the 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker/defensive lineman with Boren picking up six offers in the past several weeks including a big one on Wednesday night.

Boren got the good news on Wednesday evening from his high school coach that Ohio State had come through with an offer and given the Michigan legacy something to think about in his recruitment.

"They told (my coach) that I was officially offered," Boren said. "He told (the coaches) that he was going to my baseball game (Wednesday night) so they told him to just tell me after the game that I was officially offered by The Ohio State University."

Boren has been looked at by a lot of people on the offensive side of the ball as a combo fullback/one-back type of running back. Are the Buckeyes looking offense already having Adam Homan in the class of 2009?

"I am pretty sure they are looking at me on defense," Boren said. "I think they are recruiting me as a linebacker/defensive end."

The Pickerington Central star was very excited by the big news and was almost at a loss for words when it came to describing how he felt about picking up the hometown offer.

"It is very exciting and it is a huge BCS (conference) school that came through with an offer," Boren said. "It is like a dream come true to get an offer from a big time school like that. I have gotten some big offers (before) but Ohio State is just a whole different league and it is so exciting that I don't know how to explain it."

Boren's father was a star at Michigan during the Bo Schembechler years in Ann Arbor and his older brother Justin spent a couple years in the Maize and Blue. How does it feel getting an offer from the school that he grew up rooting against?

"It is weird and it is still sinking in," Boren said "I am blessed enough to get an offer from Ohio State but I haven't sat down and thought about it yet and the Michigan part of it and stuff like that. Right now I am just thinking about how excited I am to get an offer from The Ohio State University and I really haven't put much part into the Michigan part. I love Michigan and I always will because that is how I was brought up but this Ohio State offer is huge and I really don't know what else to say."

With Justin's departure from the Wolverines it leaves an interesting plot twist to Zach's recruitment. The older Boren is basically going through a second recruitment with several schools interested in securing the services of the offensive lineman. If Justin were to stay within the Big Ten he would not be eligible to go on scholarship and that will be something weighed into any decision. Would Zach like to join Justin in school, even if it were Ohio State?

"It would be tempting but there is nothing set in stone that Justin is going to Ohio State," Boren said. "I am not going to talk about his situation and that is him. All I can say is that there are colleges and head coaches calling everyday and trying to get him to come and visit. If he went to Ohio State then he would be right at home and it would be tempting for me to go there but wherever he goes I will support him. This is my recruitment though and wherever I feel most comfortable is where I will go."

Zach is prepared to go a separate way if that is the way the cards are dealt but it would be a bonus to have his older brother alongside him.

"If Justin is there then that would be great," Boren said. "I would have my brother there and someone to help me through tough times but if he is not then not."

Boren has already had a chance to check out Ohio State's spring practice and he will likely find himself back on campus at least one more time.

"I went the very first spring practice (last week)," Boren said. "I went with Jamie Wood, coach (Jay) Sharrett (Pickerington Central head coach) all went up and hung out at spring practice. I am planning on going to the spring game."

Zach is not in any hurry to get things over with but he also doesn't plan on dragging things out once he makes a decision that is right for him.

"I am just going to sit back and let everything sink in," Boren said. "I still have a lot of questions to ask Ohio State and I am not in a hurry to do anything at this time. Whenever I am comfortable is when I will commit (to a school)."

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