March 9, 2009

Muncie still high on the Bucks

It certainly is not out of the realm of possibility that the Buckeyes could end up with a second player from the state of Texas in the class of 2010. Klein (Texas) safety Luke Muncie and his father made a weekend trip to Columbus (Ohio) to check out Ohio State and the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder gave the Buckeyes high marks even though he didn't walk away with an offer, yet.

"It was really good," Muncie said. "I flew in on Friday night and then the next morning I met with coach (Greg) Gillum and he showed me around and then I met with coach (John) Peterson.

Muncie already holds half of a dozen offers including Big XII offers from Texas A&M, Kansas and Oklahoma State. Where do things stand for the Texan in regards to landing a potential Ohio State offer?

"They haven't seen my junior highlight tape and coach Jim Tressel was out of town," Muncie said. "I left them with a highlight tape and they told me to call them in about a week and then we will see if they are going to send the paperwork or not."

The 2010 standout had a chance to sit down with defensive coordinator Jim Heacock as well and talk about what they would see from Muncie on the field if he ended up as a Buckeye.

"They talked about the position that they see me playing at and how they play defense and went into techniques as we watched film," Muncie said. "I just saw what they had in mind for me to be playing."

Muncie would project at the star position in the footsteps of Jermale Hines and Tyler Moeller as a big and physical nickel back.

Overall the tour of campus was a huge success and Muncie was extremely impressed by campus life at Ohio State.

"I thought it was all really nice," Muncie said. "That Woody Hayes center I think they said it was only a couple of years old… it was really nice along with the weight room."

A huge selling point for most prospects is a chance to check out the Horseshoe and rarely do players come away disappointed even if it is in March against the backdrop of a gray sky.

"The stadium was amazing," Muncie said. "It was just really big and the campus is really big as well and spread out. The people up there are really nice as well as the coaching staff. Overall it was a really good visit."

Even though it is early in the process Muncie has had a chance to check out other big programs including A&M, Nebraska and Oklahoma and believes that Ohio State's facilities are right up there with the other three powerhouses.

Muncie would still like to have his decision in by August 1st at the latest but does the big safety have any sort of list of favorites at this point?

"I really don't have a top list or intend to have one for a while," Muncie said. "If it does come to that I kind of want to take a couple of more visits to other places and have more than one visit to Ohio State as with other places. Just see what I really like the most and where I want to fit in and where I can see myself."

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