A Flurry of Visit Destinations Are on the Calendar for Coveted 2018 TE Zach Sheffer

Zach Sheffer, one of the more highly-coveted tight ends in the South, has a jam-packed visit schedule consisting of schools out of the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC.

All schools are on a level playing field for tight end, Zach Sheffer, who lists LSUOhio StateAuburnMississippiVirginia Tech and Oklahoma State as schools recruiting him hardest.

Sheffer, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior at Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease, reeled in 45 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns during the 2016 season.

"I'm still evaluating my options," Sheffer said. "I want to visit the schools that are recruiting me the hardest before I name a leader, but it is starting to become more clear."

The three-star prospect has a visit scheduled with Oklahoma State for April 15, and also hopes to swing through LSU's campus on April 22, but will first stop at Ohio State next weekend.

"I'm going up there in two weeks. I'm very excited to check out Columbus," Sheffer said. "I hear from (offensive coordinator/tight ends) coach (Kevin) Wilson, (quarterbacks coach Ryan) Day, and (head coach Urban) Meyer every day.

"I know they have a big-time program, and coach Meyer and coach Wilson both have had a great deal of success with tight ends. I would compare my game very closely with Jordan Reed, who of course played for coach Meyer."


Sheffer, who is armed with roughly 25 offers overall, says coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn continue to ramp up the pressure with coach Larry Porter now seasoning up the tight ends for the Tigers.

"They've really been coming on strong since coach Porter came on board, and (offensive line) coach (Herb) Hand has visited school every contact period since they offered," Sheffer said. "They say the tight end position is going to be a big priority going forward."

The Sunshine State native has done his homework on coach Matt Canada, LSU's offensive play-caller, and found a whole lot of similarities to the offensive attack at his high school.

"I'm really excited to see the changes in their offense with coach Canada," Sheffer said. "I've watched some film from when he was at Pitt, and they use the position very similar to how we do at Nease.

"I often talk with (tight ends) coach (Steve) Ensminger and he seems like a really good guy."

Auburn and Virginia Tech are additional schools on Sheffer's visit radar.

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