Offensive lineman keeping options open

Arizona recently offered offensive lineman Max Tuerk. Where do the Wildcats stand? What's next in his recruitment?

Even though Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic High School offensive tackle Max Tuerk plays in the heart of Pac-12 country, that hasn't stopped schools from all over the country from recruiting him heavily, as he currently holds offers from programs in just about every major conference.

"I'm up to 20 offers now," Tuerk said. "My newest offers this week are from Alabama and Boston College. I also got an offer from Boise State a couple of weeks ago.

"They're all recruiting me pretty hard, but I would probably say Nebraska is recruiting me the hardest."

With a pretty impressive offer list already and more coming in, the 34th ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2012 has not sat down to prioritize those schools just yet.

"I don't really have any favorites right now," Tuerk said. "Right now all of the schools are pretty even."

Amongst those schools is Arizona, who recently paid a visit to the 6-foot-5, 290-pound four-star prospect.

"Arizona stands pretty good right now," Tuerk said. "One of the coaches was out to see me a couple weeks ago and he was a nice guy. He showed me a power point about the program. He seemed like a pretty good coach and a pretty good guy. I need to get out there and visit the school."

Although Tuerk would like to trip to Arizona, it's unclear whether or not that will actually happen, as he has yet to map out his unofficial visits for the summer.

"I don't have any visits yet, but I'm going to work out some plans for the summer," Tuerk said. "We have a month off or so, so I plan on getting in a couple of unofficial visits; although I don't know which schools they will be though."

Whichever schools he decides to visit, they will be evaluated based on three factors that are important to Tuerk.

"My number one priority would probably be academics," Tuerk said. "Number two would probably be the football program. Number three would probably be my overall comfort level with the coaches and some of the players that I'll be with for the next four or five years."

Since he has no public favorite and no visits planned, it's no surprise the Tuerk still has a way to go in his recruitment.

"I think I'm going to take my time," Tuerk said. "I'm going to take some officials and I'll probably decide by the end of the season."

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