Mavety Spurns Buckeyes
By Michael Chung
With his Buckeye-like appearance, junior-college offensive line prospect Chad Mavety seemed like a perfect fit for Ohio State. But the Nassau Community College product instead announced his commitment to Florida State Monday morning
Mavety (6-foor-7, 320 pounds), a four-star offensive tackle, would have filled a huge area of need for the Buckeyes as they will graduate four starting offensive lineman following this season.
Urban Meyer made it loud and clear: offensive line is a huge priority for 2014.
“We're going to have four starters walk out the doors next year this time,” he
said back in early February. “And we're not prepared for that. So that's area number
one. And 1A, 1B, 1C is offensive linemen for next year.”
At one point, Mavety was ranked as the No. 2 JUCO lineman behind Jermaine Eluemunor and the No. 3 overall JUCO prospect, but was always Ohio State’s No. 1 guy.
Mavety had offers from a multitude of schools including Syracuse, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin, but it came down to a race between the Seminoles and
In an earlier the-Ozone interview, Mavety gave some insight into his recruitment:
“They tell me everyday I'm their No. 1 guy and I'm the missing piece to the national
championship team," he said. "And coach Warinner said he can make me a first-round draft
pick with a little bit of help, so it's definitely eye opening.
“I talk to Urban Meyer a lot and he's always jamming it in my head that Ohio State wants me to be their left tackle, and he talks about being a father figure in a way and just wanting us to have the relationship that he and the Pouncey twins have, or the relationship he has with Tim Tebow.”
Mavety originally planned to commit as early as August or September. He's on pace to graduate this month.
He visited Ohio State for the Indiana game Nov. 23, and was one of two 2014 prospects present (Trevion Thompson).
While the Buckeyes are losing four starting offensive linemen, Florida State will return four starters on the line. That wasn't enough to sway Mavety.
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