OT Eric Hedstrom Discusses Recruiting

Allen Wallace, TheInsiders.com's National Recruiting Editor had the chance to discuss the recruitment process of Mount Prospect, IL Offensive Tackle Eric Hedstrom. <br><br> Find out what Hedstrom thinks of the five schools on his list <i>(Boston College, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, and Tennessee)</i> in this update from IlliniBoard.com & TheInsiders.com.

Mount Prospect (Il) OT Eric Hedstrom (6-6, 265, 5.0) denies a leader but favors Boston College, Purdue (9/5 official trip), Illinois (visited), Northwestern (visited) and Tennessee (visited). All have offered.

"These teams are all even right now…I mean, I can't even tell my dad which one stands out the most," says Hedstrom, from Prospect. "I do plan to have a commitment to a school before Christmas though.

"Purdue is a great school and I recently went on my official visit there. The game I saw them play against Syracuse was amazing. During my visit, I went out with the team to catch a movie and after that we watched some film on Syracuse. Dinner was great too. After they played Syracuse, I got to sit in on the team meeting with the players and the coaches. The whole trip was just amazing.

"My host was FR OT Garrett Miller. The coaches kept asking me about making a commitment there but there was no pressure on me really…on making that decision right now.

"Purdue has a great engineering program there and I want to major in chemical engineering. I like coach (Joe) Tiller--he's turned that entire program around for the good. They recently put a beating on Notre Dame and they seem unstoppable. They have some real outstanding kids there and it seems like it would be a great place to be.

"Boston College has a great football team, of course, and things there are going great right now. I like the school and the education they provide. A degree from there will get you far. Everyone knows they produce good OLs there because they have good ones every year.

"Illinois is an in-state school and I've been able to get over there a couple times. You just gotta love the campus there and they have a good coaching staff. Offensive coord (Dan) Roushar is so nice and coach (Jim) Zielinski (strength and cond) is amazing. They have a great OL down there too.

"Northwestern is about half and hour away from where I live. I've gone there with friends and teammates before. They have a great coaching staff and I like the fact that they beat Ohio St. I don't know much about the players over there though. Coach (Randy) Walker is great and he's the kind of guy that wants to take the top kids in the country that won't be headaches for the program or get into any trouble.

"Nebraska is like a football heaven. The fans there are crazy about their football and it's a really great atmosphere. If you play football there, you're like a god. They have first class facilities and the coaching staff is awesome. Some of them have come from the pros and have even won a Super Bowl--they know what they're doing. The OLs there also get the job done.

"Tennessee is the furthest school from me down in the southern area. It's a little warmer down there. The stadium is outstanding and the coaching staff is full of great guys. From what I hear and read about them, it seems like a great place. We actually had a guy from Prospect that went there in the mid 80's who did really good. His name was Jeff Francis (QB)…and I hear he loved it so much that me actually moved down there."

Other offers include Arkansas, UCLA, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Michigan.

Hedstrom will also officially visit Northwestern and Illinois--no dates.

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