Monheim's Busy Weekend

"Illinois was my first offer (last November)," Mason Monheim said. "I really like coach Ron Zook. He actually used to coach at my high school a while back and he knows this area really well." Although Northwestern has not offered yet, Monheim says the Wildcats seem very interested. "Northwestern is a great academic school and I'm a school-first kind of guy. They are probably one of the best..."

Mason Monheim, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound three-star linebacker from Orrville, Ohio, has a busy weekend planned. On Friday, April 1, Monheim will be visiting Northwestern, then on Saturday he'll be at the Illinois Junior Day. Then, on only a days rest, Monheim will head to Boston College on Monday, April 4.

Of those, only Illinois has offered. He says he also has offers from Kent State and Miami(Oh).

"Illinois was my first offer (last November)," Monheim said. "I really like coach Ron Zook. He actually used to coach at my high school a while back and he knows this area really well."

Although Northwestern has not offered yet, Monheim says the Wildcats seem very interested.

"Northwestern is a great academic school and I'm a school-first kind of guy," he said. "They are probably one of the best academic schools around and they play big-time ball in the Big Ten.

"I've also heard the campus and facilities are great," he said. "But most of these schools probably have great facilities and campuses."

Monheim is hoping that Boston College offers him as well. "They've been showing some interest recently and I like all the linebacker traditions they have," he said about the Eagles. "They produce good linebackers every year.

"I really want to go and see what the city is like and what it'd be like living in Boston," he said.

The only junior day that he has already attended was Michigan's. "It was real cool," he said. "I got to meet all the new coaches and was very impressed by them. I really like coach Brady Hoke and (defensive coordinator) coach Greg Mattison. They are both down-to-earth and I felt real comfortable around them. They're just guys you can talk to."

Monheim says the Wolverines invited him to attend their summer camp. "They said they want to see me at their camp this summer before they offer," he said.

He says he also plans to attend Ohio State's camp as well. He grew up following the Buckeyes, but admits they have not been recruiting him heavily yet.

Monheim does not have a timeframe for making a decision. "I'm just gonna go through the process and not get stressed out about stuff," he said. "I don't want to rush things and I'll just take it as it goes.

"I want a school with both a good football program and strong academics," he said. "I also want to play in a nice environment, but all these schools seem to have that...so I think it'll just come down to the vibe I get from the school and coaches."

Monheim finished his junior season with 190 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.

"I feel like I find the ball well and I can get there and make the tackle fast," he said. "I play well sideline-to-sideline and have good closing speed."

He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 425 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

"You can't get enough speed, so I'm still trying to get faster," he said. "And I still want to put on some more weight."

Monheim's dad is a dentist and he says he plans to follow in his footsteps. "I've always wanted to be a dentist," he said.

He reports a 3.9 core GPA and a 21 ACT, which he is retaking on April 9.


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