SI catches up with recruit Fred Lenix after visit

"My trip to Michigan State went good. The players there showed me a good time...Ohio standout Freddie Lenix

Ohio athlete Fred Lenix (5-11, 195, 4.5,'s #26 linebacker) now says Iowa (12/10 official trip) leads slightly over Wisconsin (12/3), Ohio State (1/8), Michigan State (12/17) and North Carolina.

"Iowa leads slightly for me and it's not that big of a lead they have on the other schools," says Lenix, from Cleveland Gainesville.

"I like how the coaches run the program there and I really like the players there. They make their players on defense so good that they start to become really physical, and a dominating defense on the field. Not many programs can do that. Iowa just has a well-rounded program.

"Wisconsin has a great academic program. The academic support they have helps you stay on top of your grades. They're also a pretty decent team. They've also got a physical defense but it's not as physical as Iowa's.

"That has got to be the main thing that I'm looking at…how physical a program's defense is.

"My trip to Michigan State went good. I think it would've been better if I had gone on another day. There were no people on the campus because they were all out for school. But the players there showed me a good time.

"Mike Bell (safety/wide receiver) was my host and he took me out and showed me around. I also got to enjoy myself at some of the other players' apartments.

"The highlight of the experience was talking with coach (John L.) Smith. He's a funny guy and he's got a real good sense of humor. Everything went good with him.

"I basically told the coaches there that it would be a nice choice to go to that school, but I'm keeping my options open at this point.

"I'm going to decide where I want to commit after I take my all of my official visits."

Lenix says he also expects to officially visit North Carolina.

Final SR (12-2) stats: 147 tackles/12 sacks/2 INT-2 TDs/2 FC/2 FR-1 TD

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