Solon, Ohio’s Najee Story is just a high school sophomore, but he’s likely to become one of the biggest recruits in the Midwest.
Story’s season was unfortunately cut short due to a broken leg in the fall, but he showed enough to land an offer from Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia staff.
Now, two of the biggest programs in the region have come calling.
Last week, while on a junior day visit, Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua extended a scholarship offer to Story.
“Before we left, their new defensive line coach Shaun Nua came over to me and said he couldn’t let me leave without giving me a Michigan offer,” he added. “I was very surprised by that, to be honest. It felt amazing and I was pretty speechless because I had just met Coach Nua that day. This was my first visit to Michigan and everything was great.”
When he returned from Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ hated rival, Ohio State, came calling for the home-state star.
A planned Ohio State trip earlier this month was canceled, but Buckeyes coach Tony Alford made sure to offer Najee Story.
He has also spoken to new Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, when he visited for bowl practice:
“Shortly after landing his Michigan offer, Story talked with Ohio State assistant coach Tony Alford by phone. Story was supposed to attend the Ohio State junior day the week before, but that was canceled due to weather.
‘I did speak with Coach Alford the night I got back from Michigan, and he told me he intended to do something in person but that wasn’t possible because things got canceled,” Story explained. “He went ahead and offered me a scholarship right then. Ohio State has been the team I’ve watched growing up, so for them to offer me is hard to put into words.'”
Now, Story is heading back to Columbus this Saturday with his father.
It is too early to know who the finalists will be, and there are dozens of offers inevitably coming Story’s way, but Ohio State and Michigan are definitely getting out ahead of their other recruiting rivals, and both appear to have made a strong earlier impression.