January 1, 2011

Monheim impressed by Buckeyes

Just before Ohio State left for New Orleans and the 2011 Sugar Bowl, junior linebacker Mason Monheim had the opportunity to visit Columbus to watch as the Buckeyes prepared for their Jan. 4 date with Arkansas.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Orrville, Ohio liked what he saw.

"It went real good," Monheim said of the visit. "Practice was high intensity and high-paced. They moved from drill to drill for about two and half hours."

From Monheim's perspective, the Razorbacks are going to match-up with a team that is ready to play football.

"They seem ready," he said. "It should be an exciting game."

During his one-day stop in Columbus, Monheim also had the opportunity to chat with several of the Ohio State coaches.

They gave him some positive feedback.

"I kind of met all the coaches and sat in on their meetings," he said. "After practice they said they would like to have me back down for a basketball game or something."

Monheim, who holds a verbal offer from Illinois and interest from several other major college programs, enjoyed sitting in on the Buckeyes meetings as the team prepared for Arkansas.

"They went into depth over previous practices and some game tape of Arkansas," he said. "They were real cool to just see how they operate and go about their business."

Monheim knows something about getting down to business. That's what he did in 2010 at Orrville High.

Orrville finished 7-3 on the year and advanced to the Ohio Division IV semifinals, thanks in large part to its defense, led by Monheim. The junior racked up 190 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and sacked the quarterback three times.

For his efforts, Monheim was named all-state.

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