DeShone Kizer puts OSU near top of list

Quarterback DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) is still thinking about the Buckeyes after his first trip to see a game at Ohio Stadium. On hand Saturday for Ohio State’s 63-38 win over Nebraska, the ESPN Watch List junior walked away impressed by everything the Buckeyes were about in the win.

“I liked it a lot,” Kizer said. “Ohio State is definitely near the top of my list. I definitely wanted to get a feel for what it would be like down on the field for a game.

“I can’t get over how nice the fans are. They’re truly die-hard fans. Leaving the game, it boosted them up on my list. I definitely like Ohio State.”

What he liked even more was how the Buckeyes ran their offense. Many see Kizer in the same mold as Braxton Miller, but he views himself more a pocket passer with the ability to run. While he wasn’t a skeptic, Kizer wanted to see Ohio State’s offense firsthand and put himself in situations as if he were behind center.

“I see myself as more of a pro-style quarterback who can run and most people tell me Ohio State with Coach [Urban] Meyer is more of a running quarterback who can throw,” Kizer said. “But I noticed most of the times that Braxton was getting out and running came off pass plays that broke down.”

With an offer from Nebraska, he wanted to see if he could fit in with the Cornhuskers and use it as a “double check,” in his words, as he weighs his options. Kizer saw himself being able to handle both game plans and found strengths in both.

But the one thing he kept coming back to was how strong the support was from the stands.

“It was ridiculous,” Kizer said. “I’ve never been to a game like that. Michigan State [against Notre Dame] was definitely comparable with it, but the type of fans Ohio State brings are so upbeat and outgoing. I definitely had a good time there.”

In 2011, Kizer passed for 1,226 yards and 10 TDs and ran for 540 yards and four scores. This season, his undefeated Central Catholic squad is averaging 50.1 points per game through seven games.

While Kizer doesn’t hold an offer from the Buckeyes, he’s hoping one comes soon. “From what I’m hearing so far, they’re interested a lot, but they haven’t got to see me throw in person other than in the camp over the summer,” Kizer said. “They’re trying to see what I can do this season.

"A lot of guys show out their sophomore year and kind of fizzle down going into their junior season. I’m hoping the film I can put together and the numbers I can put up this year can get me that offer.”

High school teammate Jayme Thompson is a Class of 2013 Ohio State commit.