September 28, 2011

Heuerman following in brother's footsteps

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Ohio State has always recruited the state of Florida hard, landing three prospects from the Sunshine State in the 2011 recruiting cycle. Among that group was tight end Jeff Heuerman and early returns have been extremely positive. In the 2013 class, the Buckeyes will be heading back to Florida to recruit Heuerman's younger brother Mike Heuerman. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound tight end prospect from Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier is already hearing from some of the top programs in the nation.

"I talk to Notre Dame just about every Monday after practice," he explained. "I talk to Florida and I'm actually going up to Florida this weekend when they play Alabama. I also talk to Ohio State, I talk to coach (Taver) Johnson up there. I also get letters from Florida State, Miami, and a lot of other schools."

Heuerman said that he doesn't currently have any favorites as he puts most of his focus into his junior season. Still, Heuerman plans to be busy over the next several weeks as he hopes to check out a handful of big-time programs.

"I'm going to Ohio State for the Wisconsin game," he explained. "I want to get to Notre Dame by the end of the season and possibly Florida State."

Through his older brother, Heuerman has been able to learn a lot about the Ohio State program over the last year. All of the feedback he has received has been extremely positive, though when the time comes, he will need to make his own decision.

"He tells me that not only does he love being there but he loves the atmosphere," he said. "He loves the players and he loves the fans. He said they have just about everything you could look for in picking a school. He wants me to choose a school based on what I want, though."

The younger Heuerman got a chance to see a lot of the things that Ohio State has to offer back in June when he camped for the first day of the two-day underclassman camp. Heuerman said he enjoyed his experience in Columbus.

"It was cool, just running around and seeing all of the coaches," he said. "It was nice being out there with all of the other athletes and seeing things at Ohio State and seeing Columbus."

At this point Heuerman is built much like his older brother, who didn't really start to fill out until his senior year and even more so until before his freshman year at Ohio State.

"Jeff finished his junior year at about 6-foot-4.5 and 205-pounds," he explained. "He really got after it (in the weight room) his senior year and since he got to Columbus he's put on like 25 pounds."

Early indications are that Heuerman will be right near the top of Ohio State's recruiting board at the tight end position for the 2013 class.


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