What's The Story On Wideout's Plans?

Story will take at least two more visits.

While playing in the Under Armour All-American Game, four-star wide receiver prospect JaJuan Story told reporters he planned to take an official visit to Ohio State during the weekend of Jan. 7. The trip did not come to pass, but Story's head coach gave the latest on the plan for the rest of the month for his star wideout.

Four-star wide receiver JaJuan Story did not take an official visit to Ohio State last weekend but will take one before signing day, his prep coach told BuckeyeSports.com.

The senior from Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast Tech will visit Florida this weekend and the Buckeyes the weekend after that, Mark Nash said. Initially a verbal member of Florida's class of 2011, Story has somewhat re-opened his commitment since head coach Urban Meyer's resignation.

While playing in the Under Armour All-American Game that took place Jan. 5 in Orlando, Story told reporters he would be visiting the Buckeyes that following weekend. According to Nash, he did not make the trip due to logistical reasons.

"I don't know where exactly last weekend came from up," the coach said. "I think maybe it came up in a conversation with the previous (OSU) wide receivers coach and they never solidified that and then he was gone and JaJuan maybe assumed that it was going to work out. By the time everybody figured out that last weekend was open for him and he'd like to go it was too late."

Although the Gators have replaced Meyer with Will Muschamp, the Buckeyes are currently in search of a wide receivers coach after Darrell Hazell accepted the head coaching position at Kent State.

Nash said having to sort through coaching changes has added a new level of difficulty to Story's decision.

"It's overwhelming just by itself and then when you factor in coaching changes, one of the most important things for these kids is to build relationships and feel comfortable," he said. "When a coaching change happens, that blows that out of the water and you're back to square one."

Story is being recruited by OSU quarterback coach Nick Siciliano. Nash, Story and the OSU assistant are currently in the process of finalizing all the details for the trip to see the Buckeyes.

"He hasn't had a chance yet to call Coach Siciliano," Nash said. "We've been playing phone tag, the three of us. I just spoke with JaJuan and he's visiting Florida this weekend and has tentatively left next weekend open for Ohio State."

Story has already taken one official visit, checking out Oregon in mid-December.

"That was his first visit," Nash said. "He liked what he saw there and now it's getting to all the schools so that you can compare and fit them all in. I guess if there's a crunch it's being able to take the visits he wants to take prior to when it all shuts down."

It is possible that one other school could be in play as well.

"I asked him about 30 minutes ago what other places he was looking at and he gave me a puzzled look and said maybe Georgia," the coach said. "I think he's still batting around some that he had a relationship with in the past. I don't think he's made a final decision."

As Nash pointed out, Story has the benefit of having established relationships with coaches at other schools prior to pulling the trigger for the Gators during the summer. With about three weeks remaining until National Signing Day, Story has managed to avoid feeling rushed by his situation.

In addition, Nash added that Story might have been looking to take visits before Florida's coaching change.

"I don't think his factors have changed since day one (regarding) what he's looking at in a school and what he found to be the right fit at one point in Florida and still might be," he said. "I don't think any of that has changed. The variable was, ‘Is Florida still the best fit for me now like it was before?' I think in the back of his mind he had hoped that he still would be able to take these visits and solidify his decision. That's come to fruition."

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