2006 Focus: Fla C Daniel Wenger

It's not often three offensive linemen from the same high school team get recruited nationally. That's exactly what's happening at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. in Fort Lauderdale this year. I've spoken a lot about Sam Young and Marcus Gilbert in recent weeks and now it's time to take a closer look at center Daniel Wenger.

At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Wenger is preparing for his third season as the starting center at STA. He's excited about the upcoming season.

"We're trying to get back (to Gainesville)," Wenger said. "We've been working real hard as a group. I haven't been to any camps this summer because I've been working out on my own with my teammates. I've also done a lot of stuff with my brothers. One of them is going to be a sophomore linebacker at Colgate. My older brother is going into his last year as an offensive lineman at FIU, so he's helped a lot with the mental part of it."

Wenger, a full qualifier (4.0/1090), talked about what makes him different from a lot of other O-Line prospects.

"To me, I can't really think of anything but a lot of coaches have told me that it's good having someone who actually plays the center position," he said. "A lot of times colleges have to train a guard or even sometimes a tackle to play the position. They say it's good recruiting a center who has the skills and the knowledge to play the position coming in straight from high school. I think that helps."

The talented lineman says he's up to 19 written scholarship offers right now and is keeping his options open.

"I'm pretty wide open right now but some of the ones I'm looking at are Florida, Purdue, Duke, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, and LSU," he said. "Those aren't the final ones and I don't even know which places I'll visit. But those are schools who have sent offers and that I have a lot of interest in right now."

Wenger says he also has a high interest level in the hometown Hurricanes. There's only one problem.

"They haven't sent an offer yet," he said. "I'm not sure what's going on there. They seem to have a lot of interest. I spoke to Coach Coker in the spring. He was telling me about how he heard that I was a good kid and a good athlete and he was selling the school and everything. He said they're going to offer all three of us (Gilbert and Young as well). They, I guess, got papers but I never did. There are a lot of schools who say things like that but never sent stuff. Ohio State did it, Penn State, [and] Auburn. I guess they want to see what I do my senior season. That's OK with me because I'm in no hurry."

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