June 12, 2009

Brunetti praying for offer from Ohio State

When one of Ohio State's biggest targets at quarterback Nick Montana committed to Washington earlier this week, things have changed for the Buckeyes in their quest to land a quarterback in the 2010 class.

While they have an offer out to Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller quarterback Andrew Hendrix, the Buckeyes could be sending more offers out to signal callers in the near future.

One quarterback Ohio State has expressed a pretty big interest in is Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School dual-threat quarterback Barry Brunetti, the top ranked dual-threat signal caller by Rivals.com.

Brunetti has had a pretty steady interest in the Buckeyes, but has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State. Brunetti hopes with the Montana commitment to Washington, he could be next on the list.

"I hope and pray that I get an offer from Ohio State," said the 6-foot, 207-pound quarterback. "I know how their recruiting goes and they offer people one by one and that's just how Ohio State is. I am just hoping and praying that the next offer could be me. I have always been interested in Ohio State and it would put them right at the top."

While Brunetti - who is ranked as the No. 110 prospect in the Rivals250 - has always maintained a strong interest in the Buckeyes, the dual-threat quarterback is busy making visits this summer to teams that have already sent him an offer.

This weekend, Brunetti is making trips to Penn State and West Virginia, two schools that he feels work well with what he does well on the field.

"I just got these offers like a month ago and now I am going up to visit," Brunetti said. "I use whatever free time I have to get out and see some of the schools that have shown interest in me. I am only going to visit schools that have offered me because I am trying to make the decision before my senior season."

So for now, that mean's Brunetti wont be making it up to Columbus for a visit unless he grabs that elusive offer from the Buckeyes. The quarterback did say, however, that if he was to get an offer from Ohio State he would get up there as soon as he could.

"Ohio State is one of the schools that I am obviously very interested in and I want to get up there and work out for the coaches," Brunetti said. "If I got an offer I would try and get up there as soon as possible and visit."

A little over a month ago Ohio State quarterback coach Nick Siciliano visited Brunetti at his high school and the quarterback was very excited about the visit.

Since then, Brunetti has heard from Siciliano, who has told him that he would like the signal caller to make it up to Columbus and work out for the coaching staff. Brunetti said he tried to call him yesterday and is hoping to talk with Siciliano in the near future which could be a good idea considering the recent circumstances.

"I am going to call him (today) again and I did leave him a message (yesterday)," Brunetti said. "Keeping in touch with Ohio State is something that I am really trying to do because I am very interested."

Brunetti is familiar with what Ohio State has been able to accomplish with dual-threat quarterbacks in the present and recent past. The senior-to-be has enjoyed watching the progression of current starter Terrelle Pryor and the accomplishments of former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.

"They way they used their running quarterbacks, especially Troy Smith, and what they are doing with Pryor now in the future, is great," Brunetti said. "The offense fits me perfect and all I can do is pray for an offer from them."

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