Penn State '18 MD DT - PJ Mustipher (Penn State Verbal)

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    MARYLAND 2018 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN VISITS BUCKEYES TODAY

    The Buckeyes tried in 2014 to land Sam Mustipher, one of the country's premier high school offensive linemen at the time, but he opted for Notre Dame, picking the Irish from more than 25 offers.

    Today, defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, the younger brother of Sam, visited Ohio State after arriving in Columbus late last night.

    "It's my second time up here," Mustipher told 11W. "The coaches wanted me to come up as soon as I could to watch practice and sit down and talk with them."

    Mustipher has, as most Maryland prep products are, been recruited by Ohio State's Larry Johnson, Sr. The Buckeyes offered during the visit.

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    "With the visit, everything stood out. Meeting with the people, the academics and sitting down and talking with (Urban) Meyer and Coach Johnson," Mustipher said. (Larry) Johnson recruited my brother. I've known him for some time now. I've been exposed to his style for a while. He's definitely the one of the best in the business, so it's always great to hear what he has to say, to learn some new stuff while I was up there."

    Mustipher is the country's 36th-ranked player in the 2017 class. Notre Dame is the current leader in the 247Sports.com crystal ball but Mustipher says his brother being in South Bend doesn't necessarily guarantee he follows suit.

    "The Buckeyes have always been on my mind since I visited in 7th grade with my brother," he said. "Everyone thinks that (he'll end up at Notre Dame automatically) but it's not true. I chose a different high school than he did. It just goes to show I'm my own person. I love my brother, but I have to do what's best for my future on and off the field."

    The McDonogh School lineman, ranked as the country's 24th-ranked prospect in 2018, says he's heading now to Michigan State for a visit and hopes to return to Columbus this summer.

    "I'm going to be back up (to Ohio State) for a one-day camp," he added.
     
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    Visiting Ohio State this weekend.........
     
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    BUILDING BLOCKS

    When Ohio State landed five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent on Sunday night, I mentioned how his relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson played such a large role — they've known each other for several years, as Johnson recruited Vincent's older brother when he was at Penn State.

    The same could eventually be said about Owings Mills, Maryland, McDonogh School four-star defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher, too, who made his third trip to Columbus this past weekend.

    “I had a great visit,” Mustipher told Eleven Warriors. “I wouldn't say [the trip] was any different from other schools, but going out to breakfast with coach Johnson and coach Randall [Joyner] this morning, sitting down with coach Meyer and coach Johnson yesterday and spending time with the guys all of last night showed me what Ohio State is all about.

    “I have had a close relationship with him since I was in elementary school when he was at Penn State recruiting my brother, so this trip I wanted to just talk about everything, not just football,” he continued. “Being at breakfast and being in his office all of this morning was a lot of fun.”

    The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Mustipher — who is considered the sixth-best defensive tackle and No. 65 prospect overall in the Class of 2018 — first visited Ohio State in 2012 with his older brother, Sam (pictured above). And even though Sam eventually signed with Notre Dame, the experience was invaluable for P.J., who hopes to return for an official visit this fall.

    “Every school had a shot with me right now. [I'm] not closing any opportunities I have,” Mustipher said. “Every visit is crucial, so [I'm] just taking my visits, praying and talking with my family for now.”
     
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