Notre Dame '21 MO DT - Gabriel Rubio (Notre Dame Verbal)

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    Larry Johnson impresses Gabriel Rubio
    Ohio State recently offered Gabriel Rubio, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound sophomore defensive tackle from Missouri.

    A standout at the Lutheran School of St. Charles County, Rubio now has eight offers — and the interest from the Buckeyes is a bit of a game changer for him.

    “It’s exciting and humbling at the same time,” Rubio told Lettermen Row. “It’s exciting because Ohio State is such a powerhouse program, but it’s humbling because I know that I have to work hard to deserve it.”

    Currently unranked, Rubio’s offers are from Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Nebraska and others. He’s not had much direct communication with Ohio State yet to this point.

    “I’ve had zero direct contact with any of the Ohio State coaches,” Rubio said. “[Wide receivers coach Brian] Hartline came to my school and met with my head coach, Arlen Harris. I ran into them when I was on my way to the office and my coach said that [Hartline] liked what he saw and that he was going to watch my film.

    “A few days later I was working out with my team. Coach Harris pulled me aside and said that Coach Hartline called him and said that after breaking down my film that they loved it and offered. The next week Coach Mattison came to the school, and after meeting with my coach said that he was impressed and wanted me to come to Ohio State this spring, so I’m planning on going. I don’t have a date yet.”

    Rubio is excited to see how Mattison and Johnson work together with the defensive linemen. That duo and their history of success will keep him interested in the Buckeyes.

    “It’s hard not to want to be with coaches that have proven to be able to put their players into the league,” Rubio said. “I’m a sponge and I want to learn as much as I can about my position. I’m really drawn towards coaches that are excited to train up players and my opinion is that Ohio State is definitely top notch.”
     
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    St. Louis standout Gabriel Rubio sets new visit date
    Missouri 2021 lineman Gabriel Rubio had planned a trip to Ohio State in April for the Buckeyes spring game. That visit did not happen — the 6-foot-6. 290-pound 4-star prospect chose to camp at The Opening regional event in St. Louis that weekend instead — but he had already begun rescheduling his trip.

    “I’ve been in weekly contact,” Rubio said of the Buckeyes. “We agreed on June 6, after my finals, for a visit. I’m going to camp there as well.”

    That camp could be an important one for Ohio State and their efforts in recruiting Rubio, who is ranked as the country’s 15th-ranked defensive tackle in 2021 by 247Sports.com. It’s his first chance to work in front of Larry Johnson and show that he is capable of playing on the defensive line in college — because there’s some debate about whether or not that will be his best position down the road.

    “The most important thing during this visit is for the staff to see me play the defensive line,” Rubio said. “Some Ohio State coaches have told me that I’d be an elite offensive lineman for them, but I want to play on the defensive line in college and beyond.

    “I have offers to play on either side of the ball but my heart is on defense. I’m a defensive tackle through and through.”

    Now he’ll have the chance to prove that to Johnson and the Buckeyes. Rubio will make the trip to Columbus with his father, Angel, a former NFL defensive tackle who played professional football for a decade.
     
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