Schneider On Radar Of Midwest Programs

In its class of 2008, the Ohio State football team found a tight end near the shores of Lake Erie in Madison product Nic DiLillo. Could history repeat itself in 2010 with Avon Lake TE Dan Schneider? The all-state product talked with about OSU and his recruiting process.

During his high school career, Dan Schneider has had the chance to play for one of the best prep programs in the state of Ohio at Avon Lake High School.

The Shoremen won the 2003 Division II championship and head coach Dave Dlugosz is a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, so the 6-4, 230-pound tight end in the class of 2010 is doing his best to enjoy his time in the top northern Ohio program.

"I love it so much," Schneider told "I don't know what I'm going to do after it's gone. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to play four or five more years, but I'm going to miss it. I'm just trying right now to do every possible thing I can not to have any regrets because gong out there and carrying that legacy and playing with my best friends every Friday, I love it. There's nothing better."

Schneider wouldn't mind having a chance to play for another hallowed program at Ohio State when his high school eligibility is up.

"I've grown up an OSU fan," he said. "I mean, pretty much everyone in Ohio does. But the tradition there is unbelievable. The way they can pack fans into the Horseshoe, it's an electric place to play. It's the best of the best around here."

Though the second-team Division II All-Ohio honoree is yet to earn any college offers, he's on the radar screens of a number of programs. He's taken recent visits to Michigan State, Buffalo, Bowling Green and Toledo and a trip to see Cincinnati is on the docket for this weekend. Later trips to Toledo and Northwestern are planned. He also is drawing interest from Louisville and West Virginia, among others, and described his current recruiting situation as quite busy.

He's also made two previous visits to Columbus to see the Scarlet and Gray. Schneider, whose main contact at OSU is cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, was at Ohio State in late November as one of the juniors on hand to see the Buckeyes' rivalry game with Michigan.

"We thought we rolled in pretty early, and then we tried to go park and we weren't that early," he said with a laugh. "It was just crazy for the Michigan game. It was really nuts. The atmosphere was incredible. We were right on the field when they started scrapping before the game and the two teams got into it, and it was just electric. That was very, very enjoyable."

Schneider also had the chance to trip down Interstate 71 in late December to check out a junior day while the Buckeyes were preparing for their Fiesta Bowl meeting with Texas.

"It was good to see what they do behind the scenes," he said. "The practice was real intense. I like how they ran everything. I got a more detailed look at the Woody Hayes Center, which is phenomenal."

Schneider said he doesn't yet have a list of favorites, preferring instead to see where the process takes him.

"I'm completely interested in anyone who's interested in me," he said. "I would love somebody to give me the opportunity and have the trust in me to give me the chance to go play there. Just for people to consider me for free college to play football means a lot."

Most of the schools are recruiting the big target as a tight end, but some are looking at him to play defensive back. This past season he led the Shoremen, who run a power-I formation, with 16 catches, so he said his run-blocking skills are the ones most honed at this stage of his career.

"I don't want to say that I like blocking more because everyone loves going out and catching a pass and running over people, stuff like that, but I'm just more comfortable with it just because of how much more I do it in my offense," he said. "I'm more of a blocking tight end that can get out there and catch passes and move the chains. I can get deep and vertical as well. I'm just trying to work on all facets of my game and just get better."

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