Midwest OL Likes Canes

This talented offensive line prospect already has several scholarship offers and he expects to get plenty more. He currently lists the University of Miami as one of his top choices and he explains why in this indepth interview.

As proven in my recent interview with Minnesota standout Ryan Harris, the University of Miami isn't too actively involved in recruiting too many offensive linemen from the Midwest Region. In addition to Harris, add Chardon (Ohio) Notre Dame Cathedral Latin standout Mike DeLuca to the list.

At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, DeLuca is still recovering from an ACL tear that he suffered while playing basketball in February.

"I'm now at five months," DeLuca said. "The injury takes six months to heal so I should be ready to go at full strength next month. I've been running and I'll soon be sprinting again. That's why I haven't gone to any camps this summer."

DeLuca will soon be entering his fourth season as a varsity starter, and he's entering his ninth year playing the sport overall.

"I started when I was in third grade," he said. "I played both ways in 7th grade but when the weight limit was 140 pounds, I could only play offensive line."

DeLuca, who averaged 5 points and 6 rebounds per game in basketball before his injury, is a full academic qualifier with a 2.8 GPA and a 990 SAT score. That's another big reason why he was recruited so heavily this spring.

"I had a bunch of phone calls this spring," he said. "Ohio State, Michigan, Miami of Florida, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, there were a lot of them. I have scholarship offers from a lot of them, too. Pitt offered first, and also Georgia Tech, Ohio University, Cincinnati, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Bowling Green have offered me."

DeLuca talked about four schools that he would consider the favorites on his list right now.

"The top ones on my list would be Ohio State, Michigan, Miami of Florida, and Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm pretty wide open still so I really couldn't say who my favorite would be yet. Ohio State, Michigan, and Miami seem very interested and they all said they'll be waiting to see how me knee holds up this season before offering a scholarship."

The talented offensive line prospect talked about the Hurricanes.

"When they called, they just wanted to see if I was interested," he said. "They said they saw my film and liked it and they wanted to look at me again. Miami's a great program. They're the national champs and it's exciting to think that I'm being recruited by the national champs."

DeLuca was asked what if the Buckeyes were to offer a scholarship.

"If Ohio State offered, I'm not 100-percent sure," he said. "Basically, I want to wait and see. I want to see how my other visits go and see what other schools have to offer before making any kind of decision. I want to pick the school that gives me the best opportunity."

DeLuca said he and his teammates are working very hard this summer as they gear up for the season.

"I want to make the playoffs more than anything," he said. "We have some big rivalry games and I'd like to win some of those. If we do, that means we'll probably be in the playoffs at the end of the year."

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