Monheim Knows Iowa's Tradition

Orrville (Ohio) High has had started a small tradition for putting linebackers into college programs. It's why Iowa is sniffing around, trying to learn more about junior Mason Monheim.

Orrville (Ohio) High has had started a small tradition for putting linebackers into college programs. It's why Iowa is sniffing around, trying to learn more about junior Mason Monheim. The 6-foot-0, 210 pound 2012 prospect had a self-reported 190 tackles last season.

"Iowa is sending me mail a few times a week," said Monheim. "They are a Big Ten school and a great football school. They definitely have some history. I haven't seen the school, but from what I see on TV from the games, their fans and atmosphere look great. There is nothing that points to anything but speculator.

"I'm definitely going to try to learn more about them if they keep recruiting me. It is a place I'm really interested in....I don't really know what the staffs are allowed to do and say to me right now. Most of the schools are telling me that they will start to shift their attention to me and other 2012 guys when all the seniors and stuff sign."

Monheim is currently gaining interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, West Virginia, Ohio State, and an offer from Illinois.

"A few weeks ago I went down to Ohio State for one of the bowl practices. I was able to get to sit into some meetings and stuff," said Monheim. "They said they would like me to come down a few more times in the future for some visits.

"I have always been a Buckeye. I always grew up going to games and stuff. I have been down there before because one of my good friends brother played there. But, I had never been in the Archie Griffin area and building. What was really cool was hearing how they talk in meetings and stuff. It was nice to see how they go by their business."

While Monheim admits he has always liked Ohio State, he denies any favorites in his recruitment at this point.

So what is he looking for a in a school?

"People always ask if distance is going to be a problem, but I don't think it will be. I'm just going to be looking for the coaches that put the time and effort into me individually. I don't want to be just another player, but thought of as a person. I want a overall good feel for a school."

At 210 pounds, Monheim is trying to add weight this off-season. The 3-star 2012 LB knows he will need to be bigger to play on the Big Ten level effectively.


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