The Hurry-Up: Joshua Padilla plans to attend Ohio State's home opener and Omari Abor includes the Buckeyes in his top five. https://t.co/6wQi7jiGxM— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 27, 2021 When 2023 four-star offensive lineman Joshua Padilla attended Ohio State’s spring game in April, he was impressed by the atmosphere. The Wayne High School product can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when he attends his first Ohio State game on Sept. 11 against Oregon. “I’m really excited, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of the biggest games of the year,” Padilla told Eleven Warriors Thursday night. “It’s going to be great getting out there. The spring game was my first time getting out there and seeing everything. It was super loud then, and there were like 20,000 fans. I can’t imagine what it’s like with 100,000 fans.” Padilla has frequented Columbus quite often in recent months. In addition to attending the spring game, the in-state product attended an OSU camp in early June, then came back in late July for the Buckeye Bash & BBQ. “It was nice to meet a lot of recruits and talk to them about Ohio State and see what their viewpoint is,” Padilla said of the BBQ. Padilla said he talked with Ohio State assistant coaches Kevin Wilson and Greg Studrawa at least once a week throughout the summer, but has preferred to keep his focus on the field recently with his high school season starting. He said he’ll resume his contact with coaches after Sept. 1. While he was an Ohio resident, Padilla didn’t necessarily grow up an Ohio State fan. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound interior offensive lineman said he just loved watching as much college football as he could. However, he looked up to former Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. “Seeing what he did, it's crazy,” Padilla said. “I remember when I was younger and watching him kill people from his size.” In addition to the OSU game, Padilla plans to take gameday visits to Penn State, Notre Dame, Indiana and potentially another unnamed school. As of right now, OSU is in good standing with Padilla, who's ranked as the 194th overall prospect and 10th-best interior offensive lineman in the 2023 class. “They’re definitely one of my top schools right now,” the junior said of Ohio State. Padilla said he plans on making his commitment after he takes his official visits, but could bump the date up if he finds the right fit earlier.