It's easy to spot Canton, Ohio on the map, and college recruiters are taking more time to do just exactly that in the recruitment of Ryan Brinson. An emerging two-way prospect, Brinson recently received his first offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"They offered me just a week or two ago," said Brinson. "My mother called them to speak with them to find out what position I would play afterwards, and they said they were recruiting me as a cornerback. They like bigger backs at running back."
Does Brinson, who is also receiving significant interest from West Virginia, Michigan State, and Ohio State among others, prefer to play cornerback?
"I'd like to run the ball, but obviously if Iowa is the best option for me then when it comes down to it I will play defense. I think all the Big Ten schools will recruit me as a cornerback, so if I only have MAC offers at running back, I would prefer to play in the Big Ten."
With Iowa being his only offer, is there any chance an early verbal commitment could occur?
"Well, when I got the Iowa offer I was very excited as they are very much under consideration, but I am not ready to pull the commitment trigger. I want to take my official visits, and I will either decide during the mid-point of my season or shortly afterwards."
Brinson attended the Ohio State camp and worked out with the running backs. Did Ohio State give him any indication as to where he is at on their board?
"Coach Jim Tressel talked to me for a while, but they never came out and directly told me their interest level in me. They still send me quite a bit of mail, but I'm not sure where I stand on their board."