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January 24, 2006Cleveland Glenville four-star and Rivals100 wide receiver Raymond Small was the only player in the Ohio top 10 that hadn't made up his mind, but that all changed late on Monday night when he placed a call to Columbus, Ohio.
He called and left a message with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and told him that he was ready to be a Buckeye. The OSU coach quickly called him back and the two talked about his decision - which always seemed like it was going to happen, despite the nation's No. 88 player taking official visits to USC, Michigan State and Tennessee.
"He told coach Tressel it was time," Glenville coach Ted Ginn said. "He had to call and leave them a message, but they quickly called him back and they were excited. They're getting themselves one of the best players I've ever coached."
Indeed they are.
Small was special the past two seasons. As a junior he rushed for 300 yards, had 533 yards receiving and had 50 tackles and four interceptions. This year he had 333 yards rushing, 28 receptions and three interceptions. Ohio State likes him as a two-way athlete that could contribute at receiver at corner.
Small said last week that Ohio State has many positives that would be hard to turn down.
"Their coaches are real cool," he said. "I've been down there for practices and they are just as cool in person as they are when they coach. They have a lot of Glenville players there, and it would be great to carry on that tradition."
Small is the third Glenville player to pick OSU. The Bucks also recently landed three-star lineman Bryant Browning and five-star defensvie end Robert Rose.