There weren’t a ton of visitors for Ohio State for their game against Purdue last weekend, but one of the bigger names in attendance was Temple (TX) athlete Mikal Harrison-Pilot.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2023, and currently holds offers from 36 schools. While the Buckeyes have not yet offered the talented junior, Harrison-Pilot has scholarships from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Miami (FL), Oregon, Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, USC, Utah, Florida State, and many others.
This visit to Columbus was about the opportunity to build a relationship with the staff and for both sides to see if there is a potential fit. It certainly seems like there will be moving forward.
“It was awesome,” Harrison-Pilot told Buckeye Scoop about his time at Ohio State. “I loved everything about the atmosphere. It was amazing.”
In addition to watching the win against Purdue, Harrison-Pilot got the full visit experience.
“We did a facility tour, hung out at the team hotel and talked to the coaches,” he shared. “We went to the pep rally before heading to the stadium for the pre-game and game. On Sunday we did another tour of the facilities and the campus, a photo shoot, and talked with Coach Washington.”
After this trip, Harrison-Pilot has some more clarity on the process of landing an offer from the Scarlet and Gray. He also shared his thoughts on the program being a potential future home, should a scholarship be granted.
“Coach Washington told me they will be evaluating my tape after the season and we will go from there,” he said. “Ohio State is top tier football program and school, so I can definitely see them being in the race if they decided to offer me. I’m open to going out of the state (of Texas), but it has to be the right fit for me and my family.”
The Bucks do have some time to strengthen their positioning in this recruitment, as the Texas-native is interested in taking some visits this off-season and does not have a set timetable for a commitment.
“I’m not sure at the moment when I will make a decision,” he responded when asked. “After the season I’m going to sit down with my family and start trying to narrow it down and think about where I want to take my visits. The most important thing for me is being set up for success after football and figuring out what school can best offer me that. Connections will be key on top of looking at business programs and overall success of the football team.”
Harrison-Pilot is a consensus 4-star prospect. He is ranked 115th overall by the 247Sports Composite, 173rd by 247Sports, 127th by Rivals, and 108th by ESPN.