I have something new and exciting for you Motsag fans, an interview with Class of 2019 recruit Julius Buelow from Kapolei High School in Hawaii. Buelow is 6’7″, 314 lbs., and is currently an Offensive Tackle for Kapolei High School, but he is comfortable when placed outside his natural position, whether it is on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.
R.T: First off, how would you describe your unofficial visit to Ohio State? What stood out to you during the visit?
J.B: The visit to Ohio State was awesome. The campus is huge and the football facilities are impressive. The football building was really busy the day we went and I got to meet a lot of the coaches, trainers, and players. The atmosphere stood out to me, there is a lot of energy there and you can tell people are working hard to be the best.
R.T: I know that the 2018 recruiting cycle has just begun, but what schools are currently “high” or “sticking out” to you? And why?
J.B: This is a hard question to answer. I’ve been to a few different schools and they each have different things to offer. So I really need to figure out what I’m looking for as far as what I might want to study, the football program, and maybe even the type of campus, but I’m only a sophomore, so right now I’m trying to learn about different schools, so I know what kind of options I might have.
R.T: What offers do you currently have and what offers are you striving to obtain/that you covet?
J.B: Right now I only have some verbal offers, nothing official yet. Not sure yet, same as last question, just trying to check out as many programs as I can, so I can have a better idea of what I’m looking for.
R.T: When would you consider cutting down the list of offers? Do you have an idea on when you will commit?
J.B: I probably won’t commit until my senior year, 2019, unless I figure out what I want really early, and that school feels the same way about me. But it’s a big decision, so I don’t plan on making it quickly.
R.T: Being from Hawaii, how comfortable are you about moving far from home? Does weather play a factor?
J.B: As long as I have family kind of close by, I have no problem moving away from Hawaii for college. I always wanted to go to the mainland for school. I like the cold so that doesn’t bother me, by cold, I mean 30’s – 50’s. Don’t know yet how I will do if it’s colder than that lol. Just gotta make sure I have the right clothes and that there’s an indoor practice field haha.
R.T: What factors play a key part in your recruitment? Coaches, facilities, playing time, etc?
J.B: Yes, all of those, and one of the biggest factors is going to be if the school is highly rated for the major I’m in, and also if they have a lot of options if I decide I want to change my major. But the O-Line Coach is going to be one of the main factors for me, and the culture of the program. I want to be somewhere that will prepare me for life after football.
R.T: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are you looking to improve during your junior and senior years in high school?
J.B: Strengths – my size, footwork, and technique. Weakness – lack of experience, didn’t start playing until 8th grade and never had playing time until 9th grade. Looking to improve everything that has to do with me as a player and a person.