Jersey Lineman High On Academics

Sewell, NJ offensive lineman Ethan Thies recently received his first verbal offer, but he has yet to receive a written offer. The 6-foot-6, 303-pound product of Washington Township High School recently received a verbal offer from West Point and has been hearing of some interest from a few other schools.

"I am hearing from Duke, Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale," Thies said.

Thies has yet to name any favorites but he is hoping that will work itself out. "I am still really open right now," Thies said. "I am hoping that this summer things will narrow down but I am not sure just yet."

Thies does have some things that he is looking for in his future college that will impact his decision. "Distance from home doesn't really matter to me," Thies said. "Academics come first. I would also like to play for a winning team or a team that is on the rise. Finally, I have to like the coaches because I am going to be around them for four or five years."

Thies has already been to a few campuses and will likely take some more visits this summer as well. "I have been to Virginia and Maryland for games last season," Thies said. "I have also been to Rutgers a few times for their junior day and for the Red and White game. I was at Vanderbilt this spring as well and I saw Jay Cutler working out for the New York Giants coach, which was pretty cool."

"I am also probably going to go see Duke, Rutgers, Temple, and maybe some of the Ivy League schools this summer as well," Thies said.

Thies took his SAT's in November and recorded a 1260 on the old scale. "I may take them again because Harvard would like me to improve my writing scores," Thies said. Thies also boasts a 4.0 GPA.

Thies earned second team all-conference honors last year as well as second team All-Group IV recognition.

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