Good Looking 2014 TE Makes Impression

Several good-looking young tight end prospects competed recently at a Friday night Fighting Illini summer camp at Memorial Stadium. Ohio junior Ethan Wolf has a UI offer, and it was easy to see why as his size and athleticism were obvious.

Minster, Ohio, tight end 2014 Ethan Wolf enjoyed his recent camp experience with Illinois football coaches.

"The camp was awesome. There were some good drills and good competition. Hopefully I've gotten some good experience for the coming years."

He received an offer from Illinois recently, his second offer and first high-major. It made a strong impression on him.

"I had one offer from Toledo. I didn't think the Big Ten would be coming so early. It was breathtaking to receive the Illinois offer."

Wolf figures the close connection Illini coaches have with Toledo helped get his name out there.

"Having relations with Toledo, they probably talked a little bit."

The 6'-5", 220 pounder checked out the campus prior to the camp.

"We came up early and got a nice tour of the campus. It was overwhelming, it was my first one. It's so big, I didn't know what to think at first."

Wolf's success at the camp boosted his confidence level, giving him a vision of future possibilities.

"I've got two more years of high school ball. After this camp, I have a good idea what I want to do this summer. I want to help my team win a state championship this year and my senior year. That's my main goal, and I hope to do bigger and better things in college."

He shared a description of his offensive game.

"I've been told aggressiveness is a big thing. They like to see hard-nosed kids. For my size, I can move fairly decent. One thing I definitely have to work on is being able to move. I have soft hands, and I have nice technique on blocking from working with my coach. That should really help me out later."

Wolf will go both ways this season.

"I also play defensive end. We had a second team all-conference defensive end last year. It's big shoes to fill for me next year. We'll see how things go."

Distance from home will be a factor in his ultimate college decision.

"I'm looking at athletics and academics. I don't want to be real far from home, like across the country, because I want my family to come and watch the games.

"I'm thinking possibly about Education as a major. That way, it's a good chance to get a job after school. And I honestly would like to be a coach. I love the sport. If I can do that, it would be great."

Wolf, whose father owns a small sporting goods franchise, will be testing his game at a couple other big camps in the near future.

"Ohio State and Notre Dame, I'm going to their camps. Those are the other two big ones."

Wolf is excited about prospects at Minster High School. He feels the team is on an upward spiral.

"We went to the regional finals last year and lost to our rival right down the road. We were 7-3 during the regular season, which was a big step because we were 5-5 the year before, and 1-9 the year before that. We had a rough patch there, but we came through with a winning record.

"We lost quite a few seniors, but if we don't win state it will be surprising. We just need to rebuild with young guys on the offensive line. We should be awesome."


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