TE Michael Naze holds three offers, interest rising

Waukesha (Wis.) Catholic Memorial TE Michael Naze talks about the experience of receiving his first few offers and the other schools he is hearing from.

H-Back is something of a trendy term and position in football these days, but Michael Naze of Waukesha Catholic Memorial is the prototype of why the position is so valuable. Able to move to different parts of the formation, lead block as a fullback, block as a tight end and run routes and catch the football, Naze brings a lot of versatility to the table.

Naze (6-3, 225 pounds) has offers from Illinois State, Western Illinois and Ball State now.

"It's been an extremely exciting process, and I'm very honored that these universities believe in me," he said.

In addition, he says Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota State and Toledo have not offered but are interested. He has visited Iowa and Minnesota and wants to get to more schools in the near future.

"I'm working on getting a few visits set up very soon, but I don't have any dates set yet."

The Hawkeyes signed teammate Max Cooper last year and are showing him interest now.

"I actually visited recently. They have continued to stay in contact, and I have talked with them a few times since."

Wisconsin has a commitment from classmate C.J. Goetz, and Naze may look to get in front of the Badger coaches this summer.

"I have had very little contact with the Badgers so far, they said they would love to see me at a camp."

Naze finished his junior season with 23 receptions for 221 yards.


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