April 26, 2010

Heuerman leaves with offer and lots to think about

The 2010 has not directly delivered any commits to the Ohio State recruiting class quite yet but the backdrop had a strong impact on Naples (Fla.) tight end Jeff Heuerman and the 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end made a tour of the Midwest recently and came away from Ohio State's spring game with a whole new level of respect for the Buckeye program.

"It was great and I really enjoyed it," Heuerman said. "I really feel comfortable at Ohio State. I love the coaching staff and the facilities are incredible. To be honest it is the place to be and I really didn't find anything that I didn't like."

The Barron Collier HS product has double digit offers including ones from the ACC, SEC and Big East to name a few conferences. How did his visit to Ohio State rate up against other visits that he has taken and did it match the expectations that he went into the trip with?

"I was at Michigan, Purdue and Notre Dame all before I got there and my visit to Ohio State definitely exceeded my expectations pretty much of all the schools that I had been to so far," Heuerman said. "That is what I like it the most."

The Florida star came into Columbus (Ohio) without an offer from the Buckeyes but had a pretty strong indication that one was coming. Even without much surprise around the offer it was still a great feeling for the tight end prospect.

"It was so great having coach Tressel telling me that they are going to offer me and that they want me at Ohio State," Heuerman said. "Coach (Jim) Tressel is a great coach and motivator and I feel really very comfortable around him and I think I could be the best player that I could be playing at Ohio State."

It has long been said that Ohio State never really fully utilizes the tight end position, at least when it comes to a passing role. Ohio State has had some terrific blocking tight ends through the last decade but this spring it seemed as if the Buckeyes made more of an effort to get players like Jake Stoneburner and Reid Fragel involved in the passing game.

"That is one of the things that they talked about, how they are going to use their tight ends a lot more by throwing to them a lot more," Heuerman said. "That is a big thing, but I like to block too. I will get up there and bust someone in the mouth too but I will catch the ball. They talked about using my receiving abilities and even better with blocking so they are really excited about me."

There is a numbers game at the tight end spot however with three offers on the board currently. Heuerman holds one while Ben Koyack and Nick Vannett hold the other two.

"They only offered three of us and they are only going to take two. They are really thin at the position right now so that is what they told me about it. They are stingy on their offers and they just don't offer a kid that looks good on film so that is why they have only offered so few."

And while Heuerman was not ready to pull the trigger on the trip he is going to be keeping an eye out for developments in the race at Ohio State.

"As soon as one of them commits (coach Taver Johnson) said that I would be the next one on the phone and he told me as soon as he knows something about another one committing that I would be the first person he calls."

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