Pickerington North offensive lineman Adam Notestine was so certain that Ohio University was the correct fit for him academically and athletically that he graduated from high school one semester early in order to enroll.

Pickerington North offensive lineman Adam Notestine was so certain that Ohio University was the correct fit for him academically and athletically that he graduated from high school one semester early in order to enroll.

Tyler Tupa, a receiver-safety from the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville and the son of former Ohio State punter Tom Tupa, wished that he could pack his bags and head to Athens after signing a national letter of intent on Wednesday morning.

"I came here early because the coaches told me they wanted me to move to center from tackle,'' Notestine said. "There is a big need at center and I was told they want me to play right away, but maybe not as a starter. I want to learn and be the best football player I can be.''

The coaching staff, particularly 12th-year coach Frank Solich, was instrumental in Notestine signing with Ohio. He will major in mechanical engineering. Ohio offered Notestine a scholarship after offensive line coach Dave Johnson watched film of him and Columbus-area recruiter Ron Collins saw him play.

"Coach Johnson said film never lies and that I was a good player, and Coach Collins said he absolutely loved my footwork,'' Notestine said.

Notestine has been on campus only three weeks, but has bonded with teammates.

"I've been accepted to the point where we hang out together,'' he said. "We have (unsupervised) practices in the morning and then we lift. We've gone to basketball games together.''

Ohio coaches view Tupa as a safety even though caught 152 passes for 2,384 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior and senior for the Bees.

"Wherever they need me, that's where I'll play,'' he said. "I punted in high school, and if they want me to do that, I will do it. I am so excited about this.''

Tom Tupa has taken his three sons to Ohio State games since they were in grade school, and that's where Tyler started dreaming of becoming a major college player.

"Ohio State football and going to the Horseshoe have been a family thing my entire life,'' he said. "The atmosphere is unbelievable. That first game I went to was crazy. Now, I'm going to play college football.''

Dad helped his son with the finer points.

"His knowledge of the game is out of this world,'' Tyler said. "He has helped me to out-think players, whether it's running routes or covering players.''

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