According to Reynoldsburg track coach Richard Ladowitz, senior middle distance and distance runner Dominik Seitzer decided earlier this month to compete for Ohio State.

I wouldn't necessarily call Seitzer a late bloomer, but I'm not sure if I saw him developing into the state-caliber athlete he's become when I first heard about him during his sophomore cross country season.

Seitzer always had great runners around him, which certainly helped.

Although Denny Hammond is no longer the Raiders' head coach, he is continuing to work with Seitzer this season after spending the last three seasons teaching Seitzer and a talented distance corps how to run competitively.

Seitzer was the Raiders' No. 5 runner in cross country as a sophomore in 2010, behind future state champion Tsehaye Hiluf and other talented runners like Khalid Omar and Hiruy Abraha.

He competed at the regional meet during his sophomore track season and on the 3,200 relay at state a year ago.

After advancing to state in cross country last fall, Seitzer earned a runner-up finish in the 800 in the state indoor meet in March. This spring he has been taking on a leadership role as the Raiders underdo a rebuilding project with numerous freshmen and sophomores in their program.

Seitzer, according to Ladowitz, will have a signing ceremony at some point before the end of the school year to announce his college choice.

In June, it wouldn't be surprising to see Seitzer on the state podium in the 800.