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Are Buckeyes challenging PSU for Troutman

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Going into his visit with the Buckeyes Penn State was thought to be the school to beat for Browns Mills (N.J.) Pemberton Township defensive end Johnnie Troutman. Things have changed a bit.
"It went good," Troutman said of his visit to Ohio State. "I had a lot of fun.
"The players were real cool. They have a great business school. And I liked the coaches. It was a great experience."
Ohio State's winning tradition doesn't hurt either.
"They have a great football program," Troutman said. "They are always in the hunt for the national championship."
When asked who he has on top, Ohio State or Penn State, Troutman said, "I don't know which one I like better. Those are my top two."
Troutman still has visits set to Maryland Jan. 13 and Virginia Jan. 20.
"I'll decide after I take my other two visits," he said. "It might be close to signing day when I decide."
The 6-foot-4 and 289 pound Troutman tore his ACL during the third game this season. He had surgery and is projected to be back on the field in August.
Troutman is the No. 37 strongside defensive end prospect in the Rivals.com player rankings and the No. 10 prospect in the state of New Jersey.
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