By early May the Ohio State Buckeyes have usually landed several verbal commitments the past few years. So with just one commitment this year going into the month of May, Buckeye nation seemed to be getting a bit worried.
Those worries were calmed quite a bit today as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio, Piqua running back Brandon Saine, issued a verbal agreement to Ohio State.
"I committed to coach Tressel today," Saine said. "He was excited."
Saine had plenty of other options.
"My second choice was probably Michigan or Notre Dame," he said. "They both offered."
But Ohio State offered before anyone.
"Ohio State was the first to offer me," Saine said. "I went down there and really liked it. I like the coaches and the players. I like the atmosphere down there. I like the location.
"And I'll get a good education."
The Buckeyes signed the country's No. 1 running back last season, Chris Wells, but that did not deter Saine in the least.
"That doesn't bother me," Saine said. "It wasn't a factor at all."
But don't expect Saine to graduate early as Wells did. Saine is one of the country's top track athletes and would miss his senior track season if he left Piqua early.
"I haven't thought about graduating early," Saine said. "I don't think so."
The 6-foot-0 and 200 pound Saine rushed for 1300 yards 21 touchdowns during his junior season. In addition to Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame his other scholarship offers included Iowa, Pitt, Boston College, and Maryland to name a few.
Saine joins defensive back Nate Oliver, the No. 2 prospect in the state of Ohio, as Ohio State commitments.