COLUMBUS – Ohio State is keeping a close eye on plenty of in-state 2023 prospects and East Liverpool’s Mason Ludwig is one of them.
The 6-foot-5 and 280-pound offensive lineman has eight total offers, headlined by Iowa State and Kentucky. He is also hearing from a handful of other schools such as Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Purdue, and Ohio State.
Ludwig grew up an Ohio State fan and went to a game in Ohio Stadium as a kid but Saturday was his first time back in the Shoe since then.
“I went to a game when I was in elementary school, it was versus Iowa actually but that was a long time ago. That was the only Ohio State game I had been to before this weekend,” Ludwig told Buckeye Scoop.
“I’ve been on three gameday visits, and this one definitely been the most crazy one. I mean there’s obviously way more people and the atmosphere was just crazy.”
Cleary the viewing experience this time around is much different than it was when he visited as a kid. This time as a recruit Ludwig has a much keener eye for the game and everything the offensive line does.
“Really I was just watching how they communicate amongst each other, like their relationships and the coaches. How they talk after plays, after a drive amongst each other, and how they are trying to fix stuff,” said Ludwig
With that in mind, Ludwig was not only blown away with running back Treveyon Henderson’s 277 yards rushing on Saturday but also how the offensive line paved the way for him.
“They were doing it in the passing game too but their run blocking was crazy too,” Ludwig said. “I mean people will look over the line like they don’t really notice the line or what they do for the running backs but as a lineman, you’ve got to give them some credit. They are just bulldozing people over and over.”
Ludwig came to Ohio State without an offer from the Buckeyes and left without one but the coaching staff in Columbus is keeping a close eye on him. An Ohio State offer would mean a lot for him but he knows he has to earn it.
“It’s like a dream offer, to be honest,” he said. “From being a fan to going into the recruiting process is just crazy in the first part. Three-four years ago I would watch an Ohio State game like a fan. Now I’m watching it like I am in this process, I know these guys, and I am trying to get there. It would just be crazy.”
Until that offer comes Ludwig will continue building his relationship with the Ohio State coaching staff.