CLEVELAND, Ohio — Billy Schrauth got an offer from Western Michigan in January, marking his first of several that he’s received. Central Michigan, Tennessee and Notre Dame — all of those schools and a host of more have offered Schrauth a scholarship to play college football.
But no school has recruited him harder than Ohio State.
Schrauth is a 2022 offensive lineman at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He lives on a farm in Campbellsport and works on his neighbor’s dairy farm. He milks cows, feeds them and cleans the barn. As a four-star recruit, Schrauth has been putting in work since he was a little kid.
“I’ve been doing chores since as long as I can remember like that,” Schrauth told cleveland.com. “I’ve probably been milking cows since I was, I don’t know, 5.”
Schrauth has received offers from five other Big Ten schools in Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. With Schrauth high on Ohio State’s radar, he’s built a relationship with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. The two talked on a Zoom call for about an hour to hour and a half, and coach Ryan Day, co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and director of football Mickey Marotti were also present.
Schrauth said he’s already been on three visits, and once it’s safe and clear to go on them again, he wants to make a trip to Columbus.
“It’s definitely up there. I definitely know I’m going to get there a few times for sure,” Schrauth said.
As someone who also plays defensive line, Schrauth said his body has been filling out over the course of the quarantine. With more lifting and eating, his body is developing into more of an offensive lineman’s.
Schrauth said he talks with Studrawa the most, and he talks with Mattison every week. He spoke with Studrawa about how he could fit with the Buckeyes.
“I kind of play an intense type of game,” Schrauth said. “I kind of just want to run through the guy’s face. He’s excited for that. He knows I’m passionate about football. We just kind of talked about that. We haven’t talked too much about the way they play, but he thinks I’ll be able to fit into the system nice.”