Jan. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six new Ohio State University student-athletes, who just one month ago were high school seniors, are enrolled in classes at Ohio State for the winter quarter and are also taking part in conditioning drills that started this week at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The six are:
- Jacoby Boren, an offensive lineman from Pickerington, Ohio and Pickerington Central High School;
- Bri’onte Dunn, a running back from Canton Glen Oak High School in Ohio;
- Cardale Jones, a quarterback from Cleveland’s Glenville High School who spent last season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy;
- Joshua Perry, a linebacker from Lewis Center, Ohio and Olentangy High School;
- Tyvis Powell, a defensive back from Bedford (Ohio) High School; and
- Michael Thomas, a receiver from Los Angeles who graduated from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High School and attended Fork Union Military Academy this past season.
The six newest Buckeyes are part of one of the larger groups of mid-year enrollees for the Ohio State football program. For instance: last year five enrolled in January – Jeremy Cash, Joel Hale, Jeff Heuerman, Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier – and two years ago three came to Ohio State in January: Zach Boren, Storm Klein and Jack Mewhort.
A desire to capitalize on the opportunity to get adjusted to the college classes while also getting a jump on workouts that are under the direction of Assistant Athletic Director for Football Performance Mickey Marotti was a common theme among the group.
“I wanted to get started with classes and get ahead with the conditioning drills,” Dunn said. “Mostly I just wanted to get here though. I want to play.”
Both Thomas and Perry have been impressed with the amount of available help and assistance a new student on this campus receives.
“There are guys – teammates – all around who are willing to help you and give you a hand,” Thomas said. “There always seems to be a guy to call if you need an answer to this or help with that. It really helps in getting a head start and getting adjusted.”
“I wanted to learn the system, and there are lots of people here to help,” Perry said. “I also wanted to get a head start on the class work. The class load will be a little less [of a burden] down the road by getting started in classes now.”
And now that he’s seen it up close, Perry is impressed with the size of the campus, too…or the lack of its size.
“I wanted to see what the campus is like,” Perry said, “and it’s not as big as I thought it would be.”