With an offer list that already includes the likes of Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee, Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle Drew Richmond is quickly becoming one of the most sought after prospects in his class.
But on Thursday, Richmond finally picked an offer from the school he grew up cheering for, Ohio State.
"When I was watching those teams that had Troy Smith, James Laurinaitis, Michael Jenkins and those guys that's when I really became a fan," Richmond said. "It's really cool to get offered by them."
Richmond has no ties to Ohio State and has never been to Columbus, but plans to change that in the near future.
"Of course I want to get up there as soon as I can," Richmond said.
With an upcoming schedule that includes visits to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, Richmond will likely have to wait until later in the year to make the trip north.
At MUS he plays in a spread offense and said he thinks he would fit nicely in the Buckeyes offensive scheme.
"I feel like just the way I play I'll be able to fit in well," Richmond said. "They run a spread, we run a spread. I feel like I'm athletic enough to do whatever."
As a fan of the Buckeyes, Richmond said he was very impressed with Urban Meyer's coaching job during his first year in Columbus.
"It was really impressive to see them fight through adversity," he said. "Coach Meyer has them battling, even though they couldn't play in a bowl game, they were playing just for their passion and love of the game."
Richmond, who will take part in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in Birmingham next month, said he's still taking the recruiting process slowly and allowing it to come to him.
"Right now I'm just building relationships with the schools that have offered," he said.