Cretin Derham OL Sets Three Visits

Three Division I programs appear to have the best shot of landing a heralded offensive lineman from north of the border. Cretin Derham-Hall's Nedward Tavale will apparently focus on those three during a busy month of official visits.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder says the Cyclones and a pair of Big 10 programs could all be considered co-favorites at this point.

"The only offers I have are from Illinois, Iowa State, and Minnesota," said Tavale. "I can't really say which one is the favorite. I have set up an official visit for December 10th to Iowa State. I put Minnesota on December 3rd, and I will probably go to Illinois on December 17th.

"I've also been getting a lot of mail and a few calls from Washington and Oregon, but I'm not sure if they're going to offer. Even if they don't, I'm fine with that. With the three choices I've got right now, I'm pretty much set for the future."

Tavale will be reunited with a former high school teammate next month in Ames. Offensive lineman Scott Stephenson transferred from Minnesota to Iowa State last offseason and is sitting out this fall. Although Tavale has heard plenty of good things about the Cyclones from his friend, he would just as soon see it first-hand.

"The only experience I've had from Iowa State is from Scott Stephenson," Tavale said. "He transferred from Minnesota to Iowa State, and has told me that it's a lot better down there than it is at Minnesota. He really likes the football program down there, and says the people are so much more real. But I'll have to check it out for myself; I can't just take one person's word for it. I'm going to try to pick up on some of what he's saying."

Much of Tavale's focus this fall on academics and football. Cretin-Derham which has as many as five Division I players on its roster, is making another run at a state championship. It will play Henry Sibley for a sectional championship this Friday. Either Wayzata (which beat Cretin Derham-Hall earlier in the season 33-22) or Maple Grove will await the winner.

Tavale's team might not be rated in any Twin Cities poll, but you could definitely say they're battle tested. Cretin Derham-Hall traveled to Shreveport, La., earlier in the season to face heralded prep program Evangel Christian. Their three losses have come to the Eagles, Minnetonka, and Wayzata.

"I haven't really been looking at the colleges yet," he said. "Before I set up those visits, I really wasn't thinking about the college stuff. I just want to get through the season and schoolwork right now."

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