D-End Gets Big Offer: UM

Steven Wesley missed most of last season because of injuries. He bounced back with a strong offseason and as a result gathered a number of scholarship offers. A lot of college programs wanted to watch his first month of football from this season. The result?

"I'm doing pretty good out there," Wesley said. "I got 51 tackles, six sacks, and one interception. I'm always seeing double teams too."

Steven Wesley, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds from Bartow, Fla., has sent the tapes out. With such an impressive senior season so far, he's seen the offers pouring in. He's already taken official visits to Ohio State and Ole Miss.

"Ohio State was my first visit," he said. "I went for the Texas game. Man, that place went crazy. They sure do love their Buckeye football there. It was a real good atmosphere and I got along with the players and coaches really well. Ole Miss felt a little more like home. Everyone was real friendly. The coaches were nice and there's no pressure or anything from them. It's kinda like my hometown. I really enjoyed it there."

The talented defensive end had three other visits scheduled until something happened last week that may soon change those plans.

"I had visits scheduled for Alabama (11/21), Maryland (12/2), and Florida (1/28) ," he said. "Then Miami offered me last week. They had been sending me stuff but weren't really recruiting me that hard so it kinda came to me as a surprise. I'm gonna visit them and will have to knock out one of the others. I'm thinking about still visiting Alabama. I'm going to Florida and Miami too."

Wesley talked more about the Hurricanes.

"They're one of the top teams every year and they put a lot of guys into the NFL," he said. "I'm sure everybody likes that. They play a fast, aggressive defense. I'm definitely interested in them. I've been to Miami before but I'll get to know a lot more during my visit."

Wesley denies a favorite but there's a pretty good chance that it'll come down to the Canes and Gators. He talked about what he's looking for in picking a school.

"I just wanna go to a place that makes me feel real comfortable, like home," he said. "Ole Miss kinda gave me that feeling but I know Florida and Miami are closer to home. There will be good competition no matter where I go so having a good relationship with the players and coaches and just feeling comfortable is gonna be real important."

Wesley, who also plays varsity basketball and is on the track team at Bartow, is a full academic qualifier (3.0/890).

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