Ohio State hosted six prospects for official visits this past weekend, but none may be more intriguing than the visit of current Baylor quarterback commit Austin Novosad of Dripping Springs (TX).
After earning an offer less than two weeks ago at OSU’s first one-day camp of the summer, Novosad scheduled his official visit to Columbus late last week, and spent Friday to Sunday on campus getting a closer look at the Buckeyes.
“It was good just getting back up there and checking everything out,” Novosad told Buckeye Scoop. “My whole family came up and it was a good time.”
This trip allowed Novosad to get a much closer look at the university and program so that he could move closer towards deciding if he will flip to Ohio State.
“Last time we had to fit as much in as we could, but it was just such a fast visit,” he shared. “This time it was more relaxed. We got to learn more about academics as well as sit down with Coach Dennis in more detail and talk football.”
Speaking of Dennis, the Bucks’ QB coach, as well as head coach Ryan Day, were able to give their “final pitch” to the 6-foot-3, 185-pound gunslinger.
“My relationship is good with them,” Novosad said. “Coach Day is so involved with the QB room which is cool. Both of them were showing me how I’d fit in and how they develop kids. I think that was cool to see and listen to them about how they do that.”
Novosad also got to spend time with the players and see how he fit into the “OSU Brotherhood”.
“Devin Brown was my host,” he shared. “Both nights I got to hang out with some other players and the other kids on the visit. It was fun. I felt like I fit in and it was good. Just seeing what the players do in their free time, that was pretty cool.”
Now that he’s been to Columbus twice in the last couple of weeks, how is Novosad feeling about the Buckeyes as an option, and what are the next steps towards a decision?
“The trip definitely helped,” he explained about inching closer to a final choice. “Just going on the Baylor visit (June 17, this coming weekend) will help a lot too. I just want to relax for the next week after this visit, have a week to think about it, and then go into the Baylor visit and compare the two, see how I feel. I’m kind of thinking it will be two or two-and-a-half weeks to have a decision as to whether I’m going to go to Ohio State or stick with Baylor.”
Finally, Novosad shared what will be the deciding factors in his ultimate choice.
“Just the overall feel,” he responded when asked. “I can go in there and get developed and get a great degree with either school. So just the overall fit and feel is what I am looking at.”