Dylan Soehner is talented and versatile enough to receive offers as both an offensive tackle and a tight end. He already decided he wants to play tight end at the next level. Soon, he will decide where he will play tight end.
Soehner has offers from several Division I programs, including Purdue and Memphis. But so far, he has only planned two visits this month: Illinois and Iowa State.
"Illinois is a very good academic school and a degree from there will go a long way," Soehner said. "Coach (Nathan) Scheelhaase was recruiting me but they hired a new tight ends coach (Jeff Hecklinski) and he is recruiting me. Iowa state is closer to home and that coaching staff did a great job last year and (former Illini assistant Alex) Golesh is recruiting me from there."
Illinois wants a versatile tight end, one who can catch and block. Soehner sits at or near the top of their wish list to fill that role.
Soehner said his visits should help him make a final decision on whether he wants to play in the Big Ten or Big 12.
"I'm really just looking for a place where I can feel comfortable," Soehner said. "I've lived in the same area my whole life and it's going to be a change living somewhere else, so a place I can feel comfortable is ideal. I would love to have a decision by Signing Day and a lot of people would probably like to see that also, but I'm not sure yet. We will just see how it works out."