Jan. 24, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – – The Ohio State men’s lacrosse program hosted its third Buckeye Futures Night, welcoming more than 30 players who have committed to Ohio State to campus, Jan. 14 in Ohio Stadium.
“Buckeye Futures Night was an incredible experience again this year,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It is an event our staff really looks forward to. We appreciate the chance to connect our current Buckeyes and the Buckeyes of the future. The opportunity to share about our program and what it truly means to be a Buckeye is special. I would like to thank my coaching staff, Gene Smith, the department of athletics and all who helped make the night happen.”
In the home of Ohio State men’s lacrosse, the future Buckeyes and their parents gathered with the Ohio State staff and current Buckeyes for a meal in the Orlando Pace Recruit Room of Ohio Stadium. Gene Smith, Ohio State Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, addressed the group, as did Coach Myers and associate head coach Brad Ross.
It was then time to head to field level. A tour was held of the Buckeyes’ game day lockerroom in The Shoe. Following the tour, the future Buckeyes and their families took the walk down the ramp and through the tunnel onto the Ohio Stadium field. The members of the Class of 2021, who have signed National Letters of Intent, were recognized on the video board.
Talking Buckeye Futures Night …
Justin Inacio (Oakville, Ontario)
“Buckeye Futures Night is such a special event. It gives us, the commits, the opportunity to meet and bond with each other. It’s pretty cool having such a close relationship with all the boys in the 2017 class prior to even attending Ohio State. It gives me, personally, a sense of relief going into college with the friendships I’ve already made. I think all of the recruits look forward to this night throughout the year. It is a chance for us to experience what it is like to be a Buckeye. Walking through the Ohio Stadium tunnel on to the field, and then looking up at the big screen to see yourself in an Ohio State uniform is pretty surreal. It felt like a dream. This night also gives the recruits the privilege to spend more time with the coaches and strengthen that bond with them. When you’re sitting there during dinner listening to the coaches speak about what it’s like to be a Buckeye, there’s a feeling of camaraderie in the room; I could really tell the coaches truly care about every single one of us. It’s really reassuring knowing you have a group of people behind you that care so much. This night is just another example of why I’ve made the right decision to attend The Ohio State University.”
Colby Smith (Lancaster, Pa.)
“I always look forward to Buckeye Futures Night because it is an incredible opportunity to spend time with my future teammates and coaches. This year was made even more special because it was my class’s turn to be put up on the screen in The Shoe. It was an incredible feeling to walk down the tunnel of The Shoe while it was all lit up and to walk out and be congratulated by Coach Myers. The moment when I turned around and got to see my picture on the screen in the Ohio State Scarlet and Grey is unlike anything else I have experienced. A couple of the current players were waiting for us on the field. It really made me feel like I was already on the team and it provided a slight preview of what the future is going to be like. After we all walked out everyone gathered around the end zone and took pictures with the big screen in the background. It provided an opportunity to further relationships with the guys in my class but also to meet players from other classes and begin to build friendships that will last a long time. I would really like to say thank you to the Ohio State coaching staff and players for putting on a phenomenal event that my family and I will always remember. As always, Go Bucks!”
Erinn Marks, mother of Paxton Marks (Dallas, Texas)
“I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Coach Myers and the entire coaching staff and lacrosse family. This was our second Buckeye Futures Night and it confirmed for me this is perfect fit for my son. What I especially appreciate is the culture of the team. One word that I continue to hear and embrace is family. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to get to know some of the players and their families in the past year – it is evident the entire team is a very close knit family and we are thrilled to be a part of the family. It is comforting to know my son will have a phenomenal support system at Ohio State. The way we culminated the evening was the highlight of my trip. We saw a group picture of the boys and everyone did a team huddle and shouted “family” after the coach counted to three.”
Buckeyes’ Regular Season Quickly Approaching
The Buckeyes’ regular season starts with four home games in a row, as the Buckeyes host Furman Feb. 5, Detroit Feb. 11, UMass Feb. 18 and Jacksonville Feb. 25.
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