Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation safety Vladimir Emilien made his first unofficial visit this weekend and it turned out to be a great start to the recruiting process. The trip to Columbus, Ohio to take in the Ohio State Spring Game matched and then exceeded the head-hunter's expectations.
"It's been wonderful," Emilien said. "I loved it a lot. I loved the coaches, it's just an all-around good atmosphere and good school."
Emilien made the most of his trip by getting into Ohio on Thursday and not leaving until Sunday evening. In that time period, Emilien managed to get a great feel for the program and he liked what he saw.
"I got here on Thursday and I was hanging with the players. They took me on a tour of the facilities and they were great. The players were great too. It feels like a big family. Friday we did the same thing. I saw the practice and it was pretty intense. I like the way they compete. They really get after each other."
The fun continued on Saturday.
"Saturday was the Spring Game," he said. "The game was crazy. They had over 25,000 people there. I could see myself playing in their defense. The coaches showed me their defensive playbook. I like the way they get after it."
The city of Columbus impressed Emilien as well as he was able to enjoy it with some of his teammates including his quarterback and cornerback Brandon McGee.
"Columbus is great," he said. "I went around with a couple of my friends like Brandon and it was great. A lot of fans showed us love. We signed some autographs. I was like 'wow'. They showed us a lot of love and it was like 'wow, they know about me already.'"
The trip was such a success, that Emilien is ready to put the Buckeyes very high on his early list. How high?
"It puts them very high on my list," he said. "They're number one right now. This trip is going to be hard to beat. They put on a very impressive show. I'll go visit some other schools but as of right now, they're very hard to beat."
Emilien lists Ohio State as his top school with Tennessee, South Carolina and USF trailing as of right now. His summer will be busy with workouts, 7-on-7 and some more college visits such as Florida and Auburn, two schools he hopes to see in person.