Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata linebacker James Laurinaitis remains committed to Minnesota, but Ohio State is hoping to change that this weekend.
"He's verbally committed to Minnesota," Wayzata coach Brad Anderson said. "But he's still being recruited by Ohio State. They have offered a scholarship. He'll visit Ohio State this weekend.
"He visits Ohio State this weekend and Minnesota the next weekend."
Why are the Buckeyes and Gophers hoping Laurinaitis plays for them at the next level?
"He is a very fast and active linebacker," Anderson said. "He makes plays from sideline to sideline. And he's a natural leader."
The 6-foot-2 and 230 pound Laurinaitis is the No. 28 inside linebacker prospect in the Rivals.com player rankings and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Minnesota.
Laurinaitis made 193 tackles including 28 behind the line of scrimmage during his senior season. He had five sacks and seven quarterback pressures.
Anderson said he feels it is more likely Laurinaitis stays with his Minnesota commitment, though he did not rule out the possibility of a change of heart from his star player.