Cambridge HS (Neb.) defensive tackle Mike Shoff had a tough season.
The 2012 prospect, who might end up the highest rated player in the state of Nebraska next recruiting class, had a knee injury last summer, which lingered into the season.
"I had to sit out most of the season and finally got to play towards the last two games," said Shoff. "It was an infection. It was a thing where I started to recover, then digressed because I was trying to much. I got to play 35 plays in the first game back and then almost 60 in the second.
"It's feeling good now. I have been wrestling on it and I have been playing a little basketball. It feels way better than it did before. I shouldn't have any more problems."
While many would expect his lack of game film to hurt his recruitment, Shoff doesn't think it has.
"Actually, no not at all. I get letters from all over, coaches come to the school to talk to my coach. It hasn't hurt it," said Shoff. "Right now, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Oregon, UCLA, Texas Tech, UCLA, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Iowa State, and more have all reached out to me."
With schools all over the country reaching out to Shoff, only one has offered him a scholarship.
"Iowa did offer me. I was invited to junior day, but couldn't make it due to a wrestling meet," said the defensive tackle. "I could definitely see myself playing the. They are in second right now, behind obviously Nebraska. I'm from Nebraska and I grew up a Husker fan, but I would love to play for Iowa. I'm being recruited by Coach Morgan, their offensive line coach. We have a great relationship and I would love to play for him.
"Early on in my recruitment, I sort of said that if Nebraska offered me, I would be done. But now, I would have to think about it more. Iowa has always said they wanted me and when I hurt my knee, they sent me a letter saying things were going to get better and that they still wanted me. I would say Iowa is really close to Nebraska."
Shoff is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, and reports a 4.8 forty that he ran last week.
"I cant wait to get to some camps. I'm big, but I move pretty well. I'm one of the fastest guys on my team," said Shoff.
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