Growing up in the state of Michigan, Mark Dell is very familiar with the tradition of the Big Ten conference. Now it's his turn for the conference to notice him.
The 6-1, 175-pound Dell is drawing attention from all over the league and already has secured offers from some of the conference's best.
"I have offers from Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue, but I'm getting interest from Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin," said Dell. "Indiana hasn't talked to me yet, but they told my coaches they are interested. I don't think they have offered yet, but I know they are looking."
Dell is a speedy wide receiver and cornerback for Harrison HS (Farmington Hills, Mich.), but looks to only play on the offensive side in college. However, he is enjoying being on the field as much as possible while in high school.
"I play on both sides of the ball for my high school team and I'm on kickoff," said Dell. "I'm hoping to make it onto kick return this season. I feel like as much as I'm on the field the better because it keeps me in shape and gives me as much experience as possible. So far coaches have only talked to me about playing receiver, but I think the experience of playing defense can only help."
With most of his recruiting attention coming close to home in the Big Ten, Dell is not rushing to make a decision because he plans to visit as many of the schools he possibly can.
"I mostly have just been to one day camps or unofficial visits," said Dell. "I've been to Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa. I would like to make it to Wisconsin and Indiana, too. I don't want to make my decision until I see everyone out there so I know I'm going where I belong. I want to make sure the school fits exactly right."
Dell is also receiving some attention from UCLA and Missouri, with a possible offer from Missouri on the way. However, the attention from the Big Ten schools has been the most evident for Dell.
"I grew up watching the Big Ten so I know what a great conference it is," said Dell. "I know what an honor it would be to play in such an outstanding conference. I'm getting a lot of attention from Big Ten schools, but not much outside the conference. I don't know why that is, but I know I can't go wrong going to a Big Ten school."
Football has not been the only sport for Dell. He has also run track throughout his high school career, but due to a schedule conflicts he will not be able to run with his team this season.
"I usually run track this time of year, but I've been so busy with camps and looking at schools I had to just sit the season out," said Dell. "I didn't want to put my team in the position where they expect me to make it to a meet but I can't because I'm visiting some school."
Dell will spend this summer working out to gain strength and visiting as many of the schools that have offered him as possible.
"I've been working out a lot and just focusing on getting stronger," said Dell. "I work out at school with our team's strength coach and then I go home and hit the gym with my dad. I really want to make sure my strength is where it needs to be to play on the next level. I've been running after school a lot, too. I work out sometimes with the track coach because he knows my running style even though I can't run for him this year."
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