Big Ten Next For Grassman?

One of the more versatile kicking specialists in Ohio for the class of 2012 is Gahanna Lincoln's Tyler Grassman. With the ability to both punt and kick at the next level, Grassman is starting to attract serious recruiting attention. He currently holds one offer and more could be headed his way. Who else is interested?

With greater emphasis being placed on special team play, there is a great advantage in having a specialist that can handle both punting and place kicking duties at the college level.

One of the top specialists in Ohio for 2012 is Tyler Grassman, from Gahanna Lincoln, and he is proficient in all phases of the kicking game.

"I'm having a really good season so far, and I'm also playing quarterback after our regular one was injured," Grassman stated. "I started the year playing receiver, but I am primarily a kicker and punter."

"So far this season I have made all four field goal attempts," he continued. "My longest is from 46-yards, and I've also had a 45-yarder, and two from 42-yards. I'm not sure of my punting average, but it's high. On kickoffs, I've only had four returned so far this season, with the rest going into the end zone."

Grassman holds one offer currently, from Buffalo, and there are other programs interested in this kicking specialist.

"I do have one offer, from Buffalo, and I'm being recruited by Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State, and most of the MAC schools," he explained. "I visited Illinois last weekend for their game and really enjoyed it. They haven't offered, but they are interested. They're recruiting me as a kicker. I really liked the atmosphere at Illinois, and it was a great visit. They've seen all they need to see, but it's a matter of if Coach (Ron) Zook wants to offer."

"Ohio State has been recruiting me for a while, since my sophomore year, and I've been to home games before," he added. "I've been to one game this season, and I will definitely be going back again. They told me they aren't sure where the scholarships numbers are going to be until they hear back from the NCAA. If they lose any scholarships, they said the first ones being taken away would be special teams. They are also recruiting me as a punter, as is Buffalo, and everyone else is recruiting me as a punter."

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