DT Josh Brent Favors Two

Defensive Tackle Josh Brent from Bloomington Catholic discussed his recruitment with Scout.com's Allen Wallace. Brent has a list of five schools, but he favors two: Illinois and Ohio State. Read more from Brent in this update from Scout.com's Allen Wallace.

Four-star defensive tackle Josh Brent (6-3, 300, 5.0), from Catholic High School in Bloomington (Ill.), said he favors Illinois and Ohio State over Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

"I'm glad I waited to narrow down schools until I'd seen all the campuses. At the moment, Illinois and Ohio State are my favorites with a slight to solid lead over the others," Brent said.

"Now I know I won't commit until after my football season. I want to make sure there are no doubts of where I want to go--so that I'm 100 percent sure in my decision," he said. "The biggest thing that will help me decide is whether I can do track and field alongside football in college. I like it so much partly because it's the first sport I got involved in. My best shot put is 56 feet, 2 inches, and my best discus is 157 feet, 7 inches.

"People think because Illinois is only thirty minutes from home that I will be an in-state kid, but distance really isn't a factor for me because I don't mind experiencing a totally different place for college. I visited Illinois' campus in early June, but I went to their academic day last Saturday (July 22). I learned more about my major--sports management.

"The edge for Illinois is my closeness with the coaching staff," he said. "I go down there and everybody knows who I am, even the players. The track and field coaches were recruiting me at first, but then they let the football coaches do their thing because football is going to be my focus in college. Still, I would definitely be able to do track and field alongside if I go to Illinois.

"Ohio State has a team that competes for the national championship year in and year out. The campus is about five hours away. I like that the coaches really make a big deal out of their prospects not just being good football players, but good people in school and with family too. They said doing track and field wouldn't be a problem, but I think they are concerned that it would take up too much of my time.

"Wisconsin recently offered me in mid-June. They recruit some of the best offensive linemen there are, and since I'm a defensive tackle, that means I'd be practicing against the best--which could only make me a better player. Another plus for Wisconsin is that they've had the best track and field team in the Big Ten the last four years," he said.

"I went to Michigan's camp in late June to work out for them. I do like defensive line coach, (Steve) Stripling, because of his intensity and passion for what he does. Also, the classes are all in walking proximity for such a big campus.

"Iowa was once pretty high on my list, but now that I've visited all the other campuses, Iowa is at the bottom. From the outside looking in--since official visits haven't begun yet--other universities just seem to look and feel better to me now," Brent said.


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