Wiesman Builds Bond With UC Staff

Colerain (OH) HS offensive tackle Dylan Wiesman is currently sitting on one scholarship offer, which came from the in-state Cincinnati Bearcats. The talented junior had a chance to swing by Cincinnati this afternoon and get a firsthand look at the Bearcat program.

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"This afternoon, I went down to watch their practice and I got to sit in on a meeting and just see how the whole offensive line communicated. I thought it was really cool because they talk a lot, and they just help each other. I got to talk to most of the coaches as well. The coaches there are really nice. They make you feel at home. They all came in and introduced themselves to me and made me feel accepted. It was really cool."

While Wiesman appears to have a strong connection with the entire Cincinnati coaching staff, there is one coach in particular with whom Wiesman has developed an extra close bond.

"I've known Coach (Kerry) Coombs since I was a little kid because he coached at the high school that I'm at now."

Those close connections with the coaching staff are a big reason that Wiesman speaks very favorably of the Bearcat program right now. It isn't the only reason though.

"I like that they are a successful program. They've got four bowl rings and every time I come down there they tell me that I am a priority. I just like the way you feel accepted down there. You can tell that they want you and it's genuine. It's hard to describe. It's just the way they treat you. It's awesome."

Wiesman clearly has legitimate interest in the Bearcat program, but it is safe to say that the Cincinnati coaches more than reciprocate that interest.

"Every time I talk to Coach Coombs, he says that I am a priority. He says I am their first offensive lineman on their recruiting board."

Despite his apparent interest in the Cincinnati program, Wiesman claims that he does not have any leaders in his recruitment at the current time. In addition to the Bearcats, he is also in contact with coaches at Notre Dame, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Boston College, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Duke, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

He says that he will use the offseason to continue improving as a player, as well as attempting to increase the amount of recruiting attention that he is receiving.

"I'm going to see if any new colleges show interest in me. I'm going to get my new highlight film together and send it out to a bunch of colleges. I'm going to keep lifting and try to keep my grades up and see what else I can get."

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