Shortly after Luke Roberts committed to Ohio State, Scouting Ohio (who broke the Roberts’ story, I think) also reported that Patrick Elflein, an offensive guard prospect from Pickerington North High School, had also committed to Ohio State. That appeared to be a bit premature. Elflein received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, but told Scout’s Bill Greene that he did not commit. Instead, he wanted to commit in person on his visit to the university the very next day. Thus, we now have an official verbal commitment from Patrick Elflein.
You’ve probably gathered that I’m taking a bit of a cynical approach to recruiting for the 2012 class. I’ll keep saying it, but so long as the NCAA issues are unresolved, any sales pitch to a prospective recruit will be qualified. It’s important for Ohio State to put one in the win column when they can. Elflein’s other offers don’t stand out. He was also offered by Cincinnati, Nerdwestern, South Florida, Indiana and Purdue. He was strongly considering the nerd school before Ohio State intervened.
Elflein is an interesting offer, and an odd departure from the type of offensive linemen (certainly offensive guards) that Jim Bollman usually recruits. At 6’3, 285lbs, Elflein is considerably lighter, leaner than guards like Tommy Brown, Chris Carter Jr. and, to a lesser extent, Antonio Underwood. Bollman prefers bulk inside, and that’s just not the type of lineman that Elflein is.
I’m a little surprised that Elflein got a scholarship offer before Alex Kozan, who I really want to get an offer. Losing JB Shugarts and Mike Adams after this season means we would be hilariously light on true tackle options. Kozan, the Castle Rock, Colorado native, would provide Ohio State an option at either guard or tackle whereas Elflein is going to be an interior linemen of some sort. Kozan may get his offer before too long. I’m just surprised it came after Elflein, who was at the same advanced camp as Kozan.
Film is below.