Beech Grove High School football lineman Josh Fryar will take the famed motto of “WeB4Me” to Ohio State University in 2020 after he finishes his schoolboy career with the Hornets.
Becoming Beech Grove’s first NCAA Division 1 football recruit, Fryar announced his decision publicly on the Fourth of July.
However, before the 6-6, 305-pound three-sport athlete joins the Buckeyes, he told The Southsider Voice that he has some unfinished business as a Hornet.
Fryar wants to lead the Hornets to a conference and sectional football championship, a second straight basketball sectional title and improve his technique in the discus and shot put. He qualified for the IHSAA state finals in discus after placing third in the Warren Central Regional.
Fryar revealed, ““I want to enjoy my high school career because I’ll never have this again.”
The burly Hornet said he will carry the famous “WeB4Me” motto to OSU in honor of the late BGHS athletic director and basketball coach Matt English.
“If I could have any head coach besides coach Mark Weller to coach me for the rest of my life, it would be him (English),” Fryar praised. “On the court, yes he was demanding and intense, but off the court, way different.”
English died earlier this year after a lengthy battle against a cancerous brain tumor.
“If anybody asks me about it (‘WeB4Me’) on campus next year, I will tell them what that means to me,” Fryar said. “I cherish life one day at a time; you have to cherish the moment.”
One moment he will remember is helping the Hornets win their first basketball sectional championship in 11 years. They also reached the title game of the Greencastle Regional before bowing out against Crispus Attucks.
He paid tribute to his parents, Jamie and Jeff Fryar, and BGHS coaches English, Weller and Mike Renfro for their ongoing support.
During his June 21 visit at OSU, Fryar played point guard in pick-up basketball games with Buckeye recruits, including 6-8, 360-pound Ben Davis senior Dawand Jones.
Ranked as a top Indiana high school lineman, Fryar is glad that he made his decision before classes begin.
“It’s a crazy relief because everybody knows what I’m going to do,” Fryar said. “Forty years from now, I know this will still be the right decision.”
He plans on majoring in communications-broadcasting and was impressed with the networking potential of former OSU players in broadcasting and potential contacts with several Fortune 500 companies in Columbus.
“I believe they can develop me as a man and a football player, bigger, faster and stronger,” Fryar said after a Hornet football practice Monday. “They want me to go out and make connections in the business aspect and communications. They preach that it’s not the four years but the 40 years afterward.”
Fryar described his final decision as a “gut feeling,” but leading up to that moment, he wanted to completely turn off his cellphone.
“Once I got into the process, I realized which coaches wanted to build relationships,” Fryar said. “It was hard to sort everything out at the beginning, but in the end, the decision was easy.”
The Buckeye trainers have given him a workout schedule that will prepare him for his first collegiate season.
He also visited Oregon, Penn State and Indiana and had scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Purdue. He visited the Buckeyes campus multiple times throughout the process.
The Buckeyes will have nine returning offensive linemen in 2020, and Fryar can play any of three positions up front. He is the 18th recruit to commit to OSU. Coached by Ryan Day, OSU has the Big Ten’s top recruiting class.
“Just the class that’s coming in,” Fryar said in a 247Sports/OSU interview. “I think for me we have the best o-line class in the country coming in the 2020 class.”
Until then, he will be working on some unfinished goals at Beech Grove High School.