Ohio commit Sayles takes in Nebraska

Defensive end Casey Sayles (Omaha, Neb./North) committed to Ohio on Sept. 27, but if Nebraska wants to be in the picture, he’s going to keep his mind and options open.

Sayles was one of the 85,527 in attendance Saturday at Memorial Stadium watching Nebraska’s 32-23, come-from-behind win against Penn State. He has made the trip to Lincoln, Neb., a couple of times before, but he said the atmosphere this time was memorable.

“I was actually there right before the tunnel walk with all the recruits, and I had a chance to see the experience,” Sayles said. "The fans were ready, the band was ready. The tunnel walk was really awesome.”

Sayles is a longtime Big Red supporter, but the Cornhuskers have yet to offer the 6-foot-4, 260-pound athlete. He originally chose Ohio over offers from Bowling Green and South Dakota. However, he has been receiving interest from Nebraska for quite some time. Offensive line coach Barney Cotton has been his recruiting contact.

“I’m pretty high on them,” Sayles said of Nebraska, “but I’ve always been a huge Nebraska fan. An offer from them would be pretty huge.”

Sayles’ trek to Nebraska was an unofficial visit, which means he still has all five of his official visits to use. In the meantime, Sayles said he is committed to Ohio and is a big fan of the Bobcats’ coaching staff. He said playing for a MAC contender and playing alongside linebacker Jake Schany, the top-ranked 2012 player from Nebraska, is something he’s looking forward to.