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Ohio State raises the bar with recruiting cakes

When a football recruit takes an official visit to a college campus, it has come to be expected that a cookie cake will be waiting for him in his hotel room along with other snacks and beverages. And since everything in college football recruiting becomes a competition, the cookie cakes have, naturally, taken on a life of their own.

The amount of frosting, the message on the cookie cake, the size -- everything presents an opportunity to outdo the competition.

Ohio State has taken on that competition and raised the bar with three-dimensional cakes replicating the Buckeyes’ helmets, complete with helmet stickers and all.

Arlena McCoy of Mrs. McCoy’s Cakes and Pies, LLC, has been making the replica cakes for Ohio State since November. Each recruit who takes an official visit gets his own helmet cake to enjoy while on campus, specially made by McCoy and her Columbus bakery.

She initially got in contact with Ohio State after asking the compliance department if she could donate a cake after Ohio State’s national championship victory following the 2014 season.

McCoy created the cake, which is a bust of former Ohio State player Kosta Karageorge, who committed suicide in 2014.

After the national championship cake was donated, McCoy was put in touch with the athletic department and hired to create the new cakes for visiting recruits.