Pickerington (Ohio) North offensive lineman Justin Boren is one of the top three prospects in the Buckeye state. The 6-foot-4, 295 pounder, was a varsity starter at Pickerington Central his freshman year, playing offensive guard. His sophomore and junior seasons Boren started at offensive tackle for Pickerington North.
Boren's father Mike played for Columbus (Ohio) Eastmoor, then played middle linebacker for Michigan from 1980 through 1984.
And while Justin's scholarship offer total continues to grow, everything still points to an Ohio State-Michigan battle for his services.
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"I have a lot more offers now," Boren said on Tuesday night. "I got my ninth offer today, Syracuse. Illinois offered on Monday.
"My other offers are Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Boston College, Miami of Ohio, and Indiana.
"Basically my coach is telling college coaches my main two are Ohio State and Michigan. The doors are still open, but those are the main two.
"I went to junior days at both Ohio State and Michigan. They were both great. I talked to all the coaches at both.
"Both schools have advantages. Ohio State is close to home. I grew up a Michigan fan. I've been going to their games since I was two. I love the coaching staffs at both schools, so that won't be a big factor.
"I really don't have a favorite right now. It will be a very tough decision. I'm going to graduate early, so I'll probably decide around June.
"I'm going to spring practices at both schools. And I'm going to a junior day at Michigan State. I'm going to Syracuse for a spring practice/scrimmage April 9."