Sanzenbacher Gets Iowa Offer in Wisconsin

Tedd Ginn's bus tour is gaining legendary status. He takes players from Glenville High School in Ohio, as well as surrounding schools, to football camps in the heartland. Last year, two of his bus tour passengers committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. This year, one prospect that was on the bus has received an Iowa offer thus far; Dane Sanzenbacher. He received the news in an odd place...

Programs all across the Midwest owe thanks to Ted Ginn, Sr., the head coach at Cleveland Glenville High School. Every summer, Coach Ginn takes a busload of prospects from his high school, as well as surrounding high schools to a series of camps to allow each prospect the opportunity to perform in front of multiple division one coaches. This summer, the bus made its way to Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Marshall, Miami(OH), Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

One of the bigger success stories from the tour hails from Toledo, Ohio. Central Catholic wide receiver/cornerback Dane Sanzenbacher had already received offers from Ball State, Kent State, Ohio, and Toledo before stepping foot on Coach Ginn's bus.

After attending the Bowling Green camp, he received his fifth offer from the Falcons.

The next destination after Bowling Green was the University of Iowa where Sanzenbacher and the gang attended the Hawkeye's camp on June 14th.

"I had not really been receiving very much interest from Iowa, except for the typical weekly letters, before I got to their camp," Sanzenbacher told Scout.com.

"At the end of their camp, I performed well enough that Coach Ferentz came up to introduce himself and asked who was recruiting me. Then, Coach Ginn gave him my tape, and (Coach Ferentz) told me they would be in touch."

Sanzenbacher was actually participating in Wisconsin's camp when he learned the Hawkeyes would be offering.

"Coach (Lester) Erb had been text messaging me throughout the rest of that week, and into the weekend. On Monday, he sent me a message telling me to call Coach Ferentz," Sanzenbacher stated.

"I didn't receive until I had gotten done at Wisconsin's camp, but I immediately called him afterwards from Wisconsin's locker room, and that is when he told me they were offering me a scholarship. He told me that everyone on the staff had looked at my film, and they all thought I was an Iowa type of player. He talked to me about how Ed Hinkel was leaving, and that I was comparable to him with my work ethic, drive, and how I handled everything at their camp."

Ferentz also addressed being Sanzenbacher's first Big Ten offer.

"He told me now that they had offered me, don't be surprised if other Big Ten schools jump on the wheels. He asked that I keep that in mind."

Overall, Sanzenbacher was impressed with what he saw and heard at Iowa.

"From everything I saw, Iowa is a beautiful school with its campus and facilities. I love the Big Ten, and they have a great football program. I really liked the coaches, too, as they seemed nice enough to me. I don't know when or how, but I'm going to make it back out there for another visit," Sanzenbacher said.

In helping guide his team to the Division II state championship, Sanzenbacher caught two touchdowns passes, and recorded one interception in the state title game. On the season, he caught 16 touchdown passes, and recorded 11 interceptions.

Now, Sanzenbacher will await to see what other offers come, and hopes Ohio State may be the next to knock on the door.

"I attended Ohio State's camp last weekend, but didn't get a chance to do much one-on-one," added Sanzenbacher, who holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT. "They asked me to come back on Friday, and I'm trying to get that worked out. I'd love to receive an offer from them. Otherwise, Purdue and Wisconsin both seemed very interested at camp, and I'm hoping to hear from them soon, too. My favorites right now would be Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Miami(OH), and Toledo."

CLICK HERE to read about the second player from the Ginn Bus Tour that has received an Iowa offer...


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