Things couldn't be going much better on the recruiting front for Kyle Dodson. The big man from Cleveland Heights has a big offer list to match. The 6-6, 310-pounder remains focused on keeping an open mind to all his suitors as his scholarship number creeps toward twenty.
"I've got 18 offers now," Dodson reported. "Louisville, Auburn, Wisconsin are the latest ones. I should be getting one from Ohio State as soon as I get an 18 on my ACT score back. A lot of people want me to go to Ohio State because we from Ohio, but whenever they tell me that I tell them I'll go where I want."
Columbus could wind up being the four-star lineman's college home, provided a Buckeye offer comes through. At the moment, though, neither the offer nor the ultimate selection of the Scarlet & Gray appear to be foregone conclusions.
"I don't have any favorite list and I'm not about to name a leader at this point," Dodson told Scout.com last weekend after attending Ohio State's spring game. "I don't have any other visits planned in the near future, but I will be going to a few camps this summer. Some of the camps I'm considering are Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State. I'm not sure if I will be getting back to visit Auburn or Alabama this summer, but I'd like to."
At one point it appeared that options closer to home would have a distinct advantage in Dodson's recruitment, but as time has gone on, proximity has become less and less of a concern.
"Wherever I go (my grandmother) just wants to make sure that I get a good education," he said. "She wants me to stay home, but she hasn't really said anything like that because she knows I'm going to go where I want to go. She doesn't really care about football… just me getting a good education."
Strong academics happen to be one of the positive traits Dodson cites when referring to Michigan. The Wolverines gained traction in his recruitment during his March 19th visit to Ann Arbor, and they've kept up the pressure ever since.
"I talked to Michigan a couple of days ago," reported Dodson. "I talked to Coach Heck(linski) and Coach Mattison. They're not pressing me. They're just talking about the Maize-N-Blue and how you want to be a part of something like that. They were telling me how I would fit in and stuff, and how they short on offensive lineman specifically at that left tackle position. They said I'm one of their top guys and I could come in and play early."
Though forthright with his feelings about most of the schools on his list, Dodson has been doggedly reluctant to explicitly name his favorites. However, when asked if the two Michigan schools had made his internal list of top schools, he offered a brief glimpse into current thinking.
"They are both on it," said Dodson regarding Michigan and Michigan State.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Dodson in the coming weeks.