Rivals250 quarterback Brogan Roback has made many unofficial campus visits out-of-state over the last several months, but this past weekend the Toledo St. John's signal caller stayed in Ohio to visit the home state Buckeyes.
The 6-4, 190-pound Roback only just recently started to receive recruiting interest from Ohio State. His school sent offensive lineman Jack Mewhort to Columbus in the 2009 class, but Roback was not necessarily expecting early interest from the in-state school.
"Getting interest from them all of the sudden caught me off guard at first," Roback said. "I also wasn't surprised, on the other hand, because you heard Urban Meyer say he was going to put a fence around Ohio and keep the best players here. I figured he was living up to what he said."
Sunday's junior day visit gave Roback a chance to go from hearing about Meyer and his staff to getting to know them on a more personal level.
"I talked to Coach [Luke] Fickell and I like him a lot. He is a good man, really personable," Roback said. "I finally got to meet Coach [Tom] Herman, and I'm glad I got to do that. He said he's watched my film and likes that I am an accurate passer. He said he wants to work with his quarterbacks at least one day in a summer camp."
Roback was encouraged by the feedback he received from the Ohio State coaches and expects to throw for them this summer. Herman discussed the offense Ohio State planned to employ in the coming years, and Roback feels he could fit with their plans.
"He said they are going to run spread, which doesn't mean they are going to sling the ball around every play," Roback said. "They are going to be balanced, they are going to run the ball and I think I could fit in there. I know they are going after a lot of guys that can run and move, but I think I can help them out with my arm and I can move as well."
Roback is still looking for his first BCS offer, but he has junior day visits with Cincinnati (Feb. 18), Michigan State (Feb. 25) and Illinois (March 10) which could produce scholarship offers.