TRAVERSE CITY — Ohio State caught Thiyo Lukusa off-guard.
The Buckeyes became the fifth offer for the Traverse City West offensive lineman while he was down at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp near Detroit on Friday, an offer the rising junior was not expecting at all.
“I saw (Ohio State assistant) coach (Kerry) Coombs, the guy who recuits my area and me, and he said, ‘I have to tell you, we’d love to have you at Ohio State. We’ve been watching your film and you were good. It looks like you’ve been working.’ That’s pretty much what they said and then they said I have an offer. I have to call them later today,” said Lukusa.
Ohio State’s offer joins the ones he’s previously received from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Akron.
“I’m going to let it play out,” said Lukusa. “I’m going to weigh my options and hopefully, at the end of the day, I’ll make the right choice — not only for football, but for academic reasons and life after football.”
An interesting spin on the Ohio State offer is Lukusa has always been a Michigan fan. But he points out that he likes the Buckeyes as well.
“It’s hard to like both and not get looked at funny, but I do,” he said.
Lukusa was not among the participants at the popular Sound Mind Sound Body camp, which he estimates had about 800 kids, and features a number of big-time college prospects. He simply was there to make an appearance and renew acquaintances with those who were there.
“I’ve got some team basketball stuff I had to get to,” said Lukusa. “I’m actually on my way to Grand Rapids right now to play some ball.”