Townsend Takes In Iowa Game Day Atmosphere

Lawrence Central HS (Ind.) finished the year 13-2 last season, giving up less than 20 points a game. A large reason why? The efforts of linebacker Sheimiah Townsend, who finished the season with over 10 sacks.

Lawrence Central HS (Ind.) finished the year 13-2 last season, giving up less than 20 points a game. A large reason why? The efforts of linebacker Sheimiah Townsend, who finished the season with over 10 sacks.

Now Townsend is looking for a place to take his pass rushing skills to the next level.

"Currently I'm getting recruited by Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, and Michigan State," said Townsend. "I really looking for a school that is going to be able to help me academically if I need help in the classroom. Football wise I want a school where the coaches can help me improve my skills and reach my full potential."

Taking visits to multiple schools last fall, Townsend was in Iowa City for the Michigan State game. It was an opportunity to experience the Hawkeyes game atmosphere, along with seeing them play at a high level.

"I really liked everything there, especially the coaches and facilities. The coaches seem like they really are willing to help their guys out 1-on-1," said Townsend. "It was sort of crazy. I'm not used to seeing that. You compare it to your local high school community and the fans increase greatly."

Later this month, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior will visit Wisconsin for junior day. While it has been reported elsewhere that Townsend has an Iowa offer, it's not the case.

"To be honest, I don't know if anyone is getting close to offering me or not. I really don't think they are," said the 2012 recruit. "Out of the schools that are recruiting me, I would say Iowa and Wisconsin standout the most.

"Wisconsin really just got into the picture about two to three weeks ago. I will see what they have to really offer soon, but I do like the school."

Townsend will look to add nearly 20 pounds of muscle this off-season, in hopes it will attract more college recruiters to his school early in 2011.

"I'm a great pass rusher, but I also can cover a little big, keeping up with fast wide receivers and running backs. I just need to add some weight," said Townsend. "I think I will transition well to the next level. I'm not really that one dimensional, so I think that will be able to adjust pretty well."

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