Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) had been to The Horseshoe before, but Saturday’s game between Ohio State and the University of Central Florida was beyond expectations.
With seats on the 50-yard line behind the Buckeyes’ bench, the quarterback from the class of 2014 got to see just how Ohio State operated and his dream became a little brighter.
“That’s the first time I’ve been that close,” Duckworth said. “It was better because we were closer. It wasn’t the nosebleeds like when I was a kid.
“It was pretty awesome. You could hear what they were saying. The coaches were pretty intense. It was a great atmosphere.”
That atmosphere stuck with Duckworth. With most of the Big Ten showing interest and offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo, Duckworth’s name is starting to heat up.
Some of that has come because he picked up right where he left off after starting the last five games for Louisville. As a sophomore, Duckworth threw for 874 yards and seven touchdowns while leading his team to a 4-1 mark.
Ohio State coach Tom Herman is still recruiting Duckworth as the season nears the evaluation point.
The Buckeyes have told junior quarterbacks they will evaluate the position near the midseason point.
So what would an offer from an Ohio State mean to Duckworth?
“I’ve always been high on Ohio State,” Duckworth said. “They’ve always been my team growing up. It would be like a dream come true.”