Archbishop Hoban's dominant defensive end Greg McMullen has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska according to Allen Trieu of Scout.com
McMullen, a highly coveted national prospect, is ranked as one of the Top 100 college prospects in the nation and many people thought that he was destined for Columbus and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Instead the 6-foot-5, 260-lbs. defensive standout will get a chance to earn a blackshirt, which are given to the Cornhuskers defensive players, instead of Buckeye leaves that adorn OSU's.
Hoban head coach Ralph Orsini said that McMullen sought his counsel earlier in the day Thursday regarding his choice in colleges.
''All indications were (Nebraska) was going to be his decision,'' Orsini said. ''I told him to go over everything and make sure it's what he watns to do and go ahead.''
It wouldn't be a surprise if the Huskers won because of the turmoil that currently grips the OSU football program. The school, which saw Jim Tressel resign over Memorial Day Weekend, is currently under investigation and a hearing with the NCAA looms in August casting a cloud of doubt over the program's future.
It was after Tressel's resignation that anyone who heard McMullen speak could tell that a hint of hesitance had crept into his voice.
''It was always the perfect mix. You could never say ‘Ohio State’ without mentioning Tressel, especially in this era,'' he told the Beacon Journal then. ''It was a shocker.''
He left little doubt that he was mulling his options.
''Who knows where the program is going to head. It could still be good and prosper and fight through adversity and do great things next season,'' he said. '' Or it can go down hill. Jim Tressel is a heck of a guy. It affects my decision because he was the face of Ohio State. Now when people look at Ohio State they see other (negative) things. I have to deal with that. Where do I personally want to go? I’ve got a lot to process.''
Apparently he's processed everything and made his decision.
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