February 5, 2012

Va. linebacker enjoys Columbus

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Fresh off signing a class that included five linebacker prospects, Ohio State will be looking to add even more depth to the position in the 2013 class. The Buckeyes hosted a top junior prospect on an unofficial visit towards the end of this past week in Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill product Holland Fisher. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect says he fell in love with Ohio State during his time in Columbus.

"It was great," said Fisher. "When I first got there, I met with coach Zach Smith and he showed me around. Later on that day, coach (Luke) Fickell came (and met with Fisher). Urban Meyer wasn't there, but it didn't matter, I fell in love with Ohio State by the tour that they showed me."

Though Fisher left Columbus without an offer, he has already begun to establish a strong relationship with co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell.

"When I was talking to coach Fickell, we really didn't talk too much about football," he said. "We talked about like how if I was to come there he would work with me as a person and not just a football player."

Fisher toured the facilities at Ohio State, but came away more impressed with the history that is stored inside those facilities than the actual facilities themselves.

"I really don't pay too much attention to the facilities as everybody is going to have a great facility anywhere you go," he said. "It was really great just seeing some of the history of Ohio State."

Fisher currently holds more than a handful of offers coming mostly from programs along the East Coast.

"I have offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, UNC, NC State, and Purdue," Fisher said. "I really didn't think at this point in my life that I would have all of these great opportunities, but it's wonderful to have them."

Fisher's offer list will continue to grow as some of the nation's premier programs are showing interest. The athletic linebacker says he plans to keep his recruiting open for a while.

"Oregon, they've been sending me letters, Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, and Cal," he said. "To be honest, I really don't have any favorites right now. I'm still looking at keeping my options open until my senior year and then I'll start narrowing things down."

Now back in Virginia, Fisher has at least one more junior day visit planned for the month of February.

"I'm not too sure about any more visits," he explained. "I know I'm going to West Virginia for a junior day on the 11th (of February). On the 12th, I have a combine in Philadelphia."


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