OSU Pledge "Surreal" For McCullough

Long snapper Liam McCullough has held an Ohio State offer since February and hasn't been shy about visiting the Columbus campus. After waiting four months, the local prospect finally decided to pull the trigger and gave Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer his verbal commitment. He spoke about that decision and all that it entailed to BuckeyeSports.com.

Columbus Kilbourne long snapper Liam McCullough knows that plenty of college football fans are dismissive about his position and its value relative to that of other positions. He now has the recruiting equivalent of a "scoreboard" retort.

On Tuesday, McCullough walked into Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's office after talking to his parents and issued a verbal commitment to join the Buckeyes' class of 2015.

"There are definitely people that say that long snappers aren't important and aren't deserving of scholarships," McCullough told BuckeyeSports.com. "But when the top schools in the nation are offering snappers out of high school, schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Alabama, these big-time head coaches are saying that these players deserve scholarships as well and are an important part of the team. I think that speaks for itself coming from the best head coach in the country in Coach Meyer."

In issuing his pledge, he became the third commitment for Ohio State in as many days after a relatively slow start for the 2015 class. His commitment capped a day he spent working out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as a part of Ohio State's special teams camp.

He snapped for Meyer and cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs in the morning, and his performance confirmed what the OSU coaching staff saw in him when they issued a scholarship offer in February.

"They brought me into the office and Coach Meyer told me that he was very impressed and it was great to see me snap in person," McCullough said. "He said he was very excited and that the offer still stood and he'd love to have me. I went out and talked to my parents for a couple minutes and came back in and pulled the trigger."

McCullough also held offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin. He is rated by Scout as a two-star prospect but is considered to be one of the best long snappers in the country.

He didn't specifically wake up planning to commit to the Buckeyes on Tuesday, but he also admitted that it's something he's thought about.

"Going to a camp, it's always in the back of my mind that a commitment is a possibility," he said. "I was just waiting for something to make me feel like without a doubt that's where I wanted to be. I think the whole experience with the camp and with the coaches and with some of the other specialists there made me feel like there was no doubt that's where I wanted to be."

The fact that McCullough lives so close to Ohio State compared to the other schools pursuing him clearly worked in the Buckeyes' favor. McCullough made frequent trips to the Columbus campus in spring, and what he saw vaulted Ohio State to the top of his list.

"When it wasn't during football season, I tried to place an emphasis on academic visits and getting to see everything but the football facilities," he said. "Every year, I'm going to be there for three-quarters of the year when it's not football season. That's just as important if not more so than seeing the football aspects. Those visits definitely helped to seal the deal."

He's not just paying lip service to the academic side of things. McCullough hopes to major in pre-medicine and also talked with the Ohio State coaching staff about graduating early and enrolling in January.

"After talking with Coach Coombs and Coach Meyer, the plan as of now is to graduate early in December and then report in January and be a part of spring practice," he said. "That's the goal. It's possible."

At the end of the day, though, he's most excited about the opportunity to play for the team he's rooted for throughout his life.

"In a sense, it's surreal," he said. "Everyone grows up watching Ohio State football and says, ‘I want to do that some day.' For me to get the opportunity to do that and be on scholarship and do that, it's just surreal. It's insane. It still hasn't fully hit me."

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