James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit there this past weekend.
"I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me," the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. "But I have to look at other places to make sure I'm making the right decision for me."
Quick, who is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall, said he will likely take an official visit to Louisville in December. Then he will take his official visit to Oregon sometime in January. Those schools have long been his three finalists. Ohio State seems to have a slight lead.
"It was fun," the four-star prospect said of the Columbus visit. "I enjoyed myself."
Ohio State beat Michigan 26-21 on Saturday to finish the season 12-0. The Buckeyes are not eligible for a bowl game this season because of NCAA sanctions. Yet there was more than enough excitement. Ohio State also honored its 2002 national championship team during the game.
"The atmosphere is great," Quick said. "That's what really stood out as far as going to the game."
Academic support caught Quick's eye as well.
"They make sure you do well in the classroom as well as on the field," he said.
Quick was also impressed by Ohio State's passing offense, which is led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller. He completed 14-of-18 passes for 189 yards. While Miller gets frequent kudos for the way he runs the ball in Ohio State's spread option, it was his passing that stood out for Quick.
"He can throw the ball as well as anybody in the country," Quick said.
Quick sees early playing time as a real possibility at Ohio State given their need for more receivers. He also sees a passing offense that is more pro-style than the Buckeyes often get credit for.
"As far as the offense, they really run a lot of what a lot of schools run [in the passing game]," Quick said. "As far as that offense, I could see myself playing in that offense."
This is the first week that coaches can travel to see prospects on the road. Quick said some Buckeye coaches told him they'd be at his state championship game on Saturday.
"It's really exciting to see they would show their support for me," said Quick, who is primarily being recruited by receivers coach Zach Smith. "I talk to him the most. It's a real good relationship as far as me and him getting to know each other. We're building a real strong relationship."