The recruitment process can be a bit conflicting for many high school football players. The conflict is going to be ratcheted up on Saturday for class of 2018 linebacker Edward Warinner.
Warinner, a three-star linebacker from Powell, Ohio, is being recruited by a number of FBS schools. One of those recruiting him is Oklahoma, who is hosting Warinner on a visit Saturday when Ohio State comes to town.
Warinner’s dad, Ed Warinner, is the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator. Edward is already wondering how he’s going to react to the game’s big moments.
“The hardest part of this isn’t what I’m going to wear,” Edward Warinner told Cleveland.com. “It’s going to be sitting in the [OU] section, and if Ohio State does something really well, it’s going to be hard for me to keep my cool.
“I think it would be kind of Bush League if there’s that one kid in the section screaming. … But I want Ohio State to win.”
The visit is an unofficial one and was set up because of OSU’s trip. The elder Warinner told the site he’s good friends with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and that his son will be dealing with the conflicting emotions fairly often in 2016 and 2017 until he makes his college choice.
“I won’t be involved in the visit at all, but it’s a big deal for Edward,” the OSU offensive coordinator said. “I’ve known Bob Stoops for 25 or 30 years. We’re very good friends. The linebacker coach at Oklahoma worked with me at Army for seven years, he was my next door neighbor. And I know the recruiting coordinator. They are taking a serious look at him.
“They knew we were coming in for the game obviously to play, so that’s just between my son and my wife when they go down there. But the other Big Ten schools, we obviously play all the Big Ten schools who are going to recruit him, so he’s going to be visiting those places, too. This is going to be fairly regular.”
The game may be bigger for Oklahoma than Ohio State. The Sooners lost in Week 1 to Houston and a loss to Ohio State will mean utter chaos will have to ensue for OU to make the College Football Playoff for the second-straight season. Ohio State, meanwhile, is 2-0, and an early-season road loss to a preseason top-five team likely won’t be considered too debilitating by the CFP committee.
It’s also the first matchup between Stoops and OSU head coach Urban Meyer since Meyer’s 2008 Florida Gators beat OU 24-14 in the BCS Championship.
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