April 28, 2009

Ohio tackle getting visit from CSU

The search for the perfect college to continue his football career has led North Olmsted (OH) High School offensive lineman Matt Rotheram all over the nation's midsection. In the past two weeks, he has been to Michigan State, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Pitt and Indiana.

In addition to the trips he has already taken, Rotheram will continue his road warrior stylings this weekend with a trip to Penn State as well as a Nike Camp later in the year.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder holds better than 20 scholarship offers, including schools like Boston College, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Colorado State. Last season Rotheram was named All-Conference and was honorable mention All-District. He is a three-year letter-winner for the Eagles, who went 4-6 overall.

"Everyone says I am big, I can move and I am aggressive," Rotherman said. "A lot of schools think I can really play."

Colorado State offensive line coach, and fellow Ohio native, Pat Meyer will be visiting Rotheram today during high school track practice. This season Rotherman has gone out for track for the first time in his high school career and is throwing the shot put 42 feet, although he admits he hasn't found his form.

"I know Coach Meyer is coming to visit me Tuesday during my track practice. He said he wants a good chance to meet me and see me throw the shot. I really haven't done a lot of research on schools at all. I'll get to that after spring evaluations," Rotheram said.

While Rotheram has a lot of scholarship offers on the table, he seems to have a couple different routes he can take. Some of the smaller programs are telling him he can play early and play tackle - his preference. Rotherman said he is balancing that against playing inside for bigger schools with huge amounts of fan support.

"Some places have told me they want me to play inside, a lot outside," he said. "Most smaller schools are saying tackle, most of the bigger schools say inside. I have played tackle all my life, so I would prefer that, but I wouldn't be hesitant to move inside."

While he grew up in Ohio, Rotheram said he didn't really grow up a Buckeye fan and doesn't watch much college football. He also isn't afraid to travel for the right college and football program. Rotheram, who owns a 400-pound squat max and a 2.85 grade-point average, said he is looking for a place he can play early. He is also hoping to find an offense that runs more than it passes.

"I prefer run blocking," Rotheram said... "I like getting after it and knocking people over and feeling like I am part of a team. The offensive line is the ultimate team."

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