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Thu. March 18, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

One of the nation's biggest college football rivalries has a new front in Brooksville. 

Nature Coast WR Ja'Juan Story is in a tug-of-war between Ohio State and Michigan.

The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship Tuesday and the Wolverines followed with an offer Thursday, Nature Coast assistant Robert Kazmier said. Story also received an offer from Georgia Tech last week.

"He's hot commodity," Kazmier said.

Several schools have told Kazmier they want to evaluate Story this spring. Story has spoken with several head coaches including Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt, North Carolina's Butch Davis and Florida's Urban Meyer.

Story plans to take an unofficial visit to Florida in the coming weeks, Kazmier said.

Story has offers from schools including Florida State, USF, Florida International, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Kentucky, Marshall and Iowa State The 6-foot-4, 185 pound rising senior primarly played receiver and defensive back in 2009, also sharing time at quarterback.

At receiver, he had 13 receptions for 423 yards (32.5 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. At quarterback, he had 27 carries for 265 yards and two touchdowns (just two starts as a quarterback). Defensively he had 22 tackles and one sack.

igould@tampabay.com

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