Cards close to offering Cincinnati OL?

Louisville already has an offer on the table for one Cincinnati (OH) Elder HS offensive lineman - Austen Bujnoch. Are the Cardinals close to offering another bruising lineman from Elder High?

John Anevski watched as his brother Tom went through the recruiting process back in 2001. After starting off slow with offers, Tom started to pick up steam and saw several programs jump on board before he made his verbal commitment to Boston College.

Now the younger offensive lineman has seen the same start and while he's not worried too much, he's heard the talk about him being a bit shorter than some would like.

"I've heard the talk," Anevski told "Several coaches have told me I'm just not tall enough for what their looking for. I totally understand but also know what my abilities are and I know I can play at a BCS program."

While John reports he's in the 6-foot-3 range, he knows many schools don't look at him like they might his high school teammate Austen Bujnoch who stands 6-foot-5.

"I've talked with a few programs that liked my tape but were very honest with me that they didn't need linemen at my height this year. I understand and glad they were honest with me at the very start."

With offers from Ohio, Air Force, Buffalo, Marshall, Western Kentucky and Kent State, Anevski has his share of suitors looking to earn his signature on signing day. But it's those programs he's spoken with this spring that has his interest peaked.

"Louisville, Maryland, Miami Ohio and Wisconsin have all spoke about me possibly getting an offer before the month is out. We'll have to wait and see if that happens. I've also talked with Cincinnati and they've been very honest with me about how things can change at any moment and how they'd love to see me in camp next month."

Anevski has seen his share of top players leave the Panther program and will start his third year along the offensive line this fall.

"I started at right tackle as a sophomore and then last season I played mostly guard but also some center."

While some prospects might start to question their abilities, John knows he's played against some of the best talent in the country and won.

"Elder always plays some great teams in and out of our league. I've played against some of the best like Ben Martin (LaSalle – Tennessee) and have enjoyed some great battles against Greg Scruggs (St. Xavier – Louisville) and Pat Muldoon (St. Xavier – Class of 09 – 4-star DE) were I've also done very well. All three of those guys are in the GCL (Greater Catholic League) and there is always a good chance we'll play them in the playoffs as well."

The next couple of weeks could see a lot happen for John as college coaches who like his film have returned to campus to get approval to make an offer. If no offer comes John Anevski knows what he does in June may well determine where he'll end up in college.

I've had the chance to see John Anevski play in multiple games the past two seasons. I've seen his battle with Ben Martin and Anevski won. I've also seen him against Pat Muldoon and as a sophomore I would give Anevski the clear verdict. In last seasons match-up with state champion St. Xavier I saw Anevski do a great job against Scruggs in their first meeting with Scruggs doing a better job in the playoffs as he matured as a player. Muldoon and Anevski also made for some good football with the Elder Panther holding his own.

Someone is going to get a steal in John Anevski. While he projects as a guard at the next level, he could also player center and excel in the right system.

We'll continue to follow up with John to get the latest news about what is happening on the recruiting front.

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