Brandt Looking To Open Eyes

One of the players looking to open the eyes of college coaches in the coming months recently visited the University of Cincinnati for a Junior Day and talks with Bearcat Insider about his experience.

Jake Brandt is one of those players college coaches know they need to keep a close eye on. A tall rangy offensive lineman for Columbus Bexley High School, Brandt who stands 6-foot-6, 255-pounds knows some coaches will question his ability to gain weight and prosper at the next level. But he's not going to let anything stand in his way as he works toward earning a scholarship offer.

"My plan is very simple," Brandt told Bearcat Insider about earning a scholarship. "Go hard on every play and show the coaches I'm capable of playing at a higher level."

While his on field play is one thing to work on Brandt also knows he's got work to do in the classroom as well.

"Right now I've got a 2.3 GPA and need to take the test. I know I've got to work hard in the classroom and do well on the test or it doesn't matter what I do on the field."

But while some question his on field ability Brandt has shown he's capable of playing at the next level as on film he's a very flexible athlete and one coaches who run spread offenses with zone blocking schemes love recruiting.

At this time Cincinnati along with Indiana, Notre Dame, Miami Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina State have all made contact in one form or another.

"I'm looking for a school that fits me academically with a chance to play. Coaches are telling me they like my film and the things I need to do to put myself in a position to earn a scholarship and that's what I'm planning on doing."

As for his visit to Cincinnati last weekend Brandt came away impressed.

"Cincinnati has a great campus and the food was great. The coaching staff was great and I can't wait to go to summer camp in June."

Brandt also plans on attending several other camps this summer including Wisconsin and Indiana with NC State also being a possible stop.

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