October 13, 2010

Stanko returns to Ohio State

As one of Ohio's top offensive linemen in the recruiting class of 2012, Anthony Stanko has popped up on the recruiting radar of several major college programs.

Ohio State has been recruiting the 6-foot-5, 302-pounder from Howland High School in Warren, Ohio since early in Stanko's sophomore season. That year he attended games at Ohio Stadium against USC and Iowa and he returned earlier this year for the Buckeyes' spring game.

On Saturday, Stanko made another unofficial visit to check out the Buckeyes in action against Indiana. The home team cruised to a 38-10 win over the Hoosiers.

"It was a great game," Stanko said. "I had a good time."

Because he's been there so many times in the past, Stanko didn't spend much time checking out campus or the football facilities.

And aside from one rabid fan, things went pretty well on his latest visit to Columbus.

"Other than the guy sitting behind us screaming the whole game," he said.

The Buckeyes called in extra support for their weekend recruiting visitors. Several academic advisors were on hand to answer any questions the visiting recruits had and to provide more in-depth information on what Ohio State has to offer.

Stanko also had the chance to speak with several members of Ohio State's coaching staff.

"I talked to coach (Jim) Bollman, (Nick) Siciliano, (Jim) Tressel, (Taver) Johnson and a lot of the academic staff," he said.

While the Buckeyes haven't yet talked about a scholarship offer, they were interested in how Stanko and his Howland teammates have done so far in the 2010 season.

"They just pretty much said hi and we talked about our game against Poland," Stanko said. "We just caught up on stuff. I have a good relationship with coach Bollman. I call him two or three times each month."

Stanko has helped Howland to a 7-0 record this season.

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