Watch List QB checks out OSU practice

ESPNU 150 Watch List quarterback Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) had a chance to talk with an Ohio State assistant through Facebook early last week, and that talk convinced him to make the trip to Ohio State’s bowl practice on Saturday.

It was the first time Zaire had the chance to talk with new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, whose spread-option offense suits Zaire’s dual-threat ability well.

“We talked about football, the team and how he was coming here,” Zaire said. “We also talked about what it takes to be the greatest.”

While Zaire enjoyed his visit, he said it was a little sad, as many of the Ohio State coaches, including quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, will not be retained following the bowl game. Former Iowa State assistant Tom Herman joined Meyer’s staff in Columbus to become the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“It had a somber feeling up there around some coaches, because they knew it was their last couple of days,” Zaire said.

Ohio State and Wisconsin have both offered and have long been Zaire’s leaders, but the left-handed passer also has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana and Northwestern.