On Saturday, the four-star standout paved the way for St. Ignatius’ offense, as they edged Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central 28-21 to open their 2014 season.
“I have become a lot more aggressive,” Eichenberg said. “I want to protect my quarterback. My run blocking has been a lot better. I have been attacking instead of just waiting like last year. I was hesitant last year. I can be a dominant player if I just stay aggressive.”
Rated the No. 7 OT in latest Scout.com 2016 player rankings, Eichenbers’s recruitment is heating up , too. He already holds notable offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame. But when asked, he said the Irish were sticking out the most in his recruitment.
“I love their offensive line coach,” Eichenberg said of the Irish.
“When I was at their camp, we went into the film room and went over my camp, just like it was game footage. That was the only college that did that with me. But there is so many O-line commits at Notre Dame, I don’t when I’m going to play. So playing time is going to be a crucial thing.”
What is he looking for in his future program?
“Notre Dame, it’s hard to turn down a Notre Dame diploma,” Eichenberg admitted. “If I go to Notre Dame it will set me up for life when my career ends. I really like the offensive line coach at Ohio State. I know I can probably play early at Michigan. I have heard coaches tell me that. It will probably come down to my family and how far they want to go and stuff like that.”
Eichenberg continued to talk about the ND, U-M and OSU.
“At Notre Dame I liked the offensive line coach, I really didn’t like [ND coach] Brian Kelly,” Eichenberg said. “But at Michigan I loved the whole staff. They kept saying I was a ‘Michigan Man.’ … [Michigan coach Brady Hoke], I like him a lot. His main thing he will prepare me for the NFL. That’s what he sold me on. Urban Meyer sold me on his connections. How he will set me up after my football career ends.”
Eichenberg, who was offered by the Wolverines during his camp stay this past June, says he can’t visit for a game this season due to his football schedule, however, he would like to make a trip back to Ann Arbor this off-season.
“I love Michigan a lot, it’s pretty much like [my school] St. Ignatius,” Eichenberg said. “They are still in my top three. I haven’t made an official visit or anything. I am definitely looking into them.
“I want to look at their facilities. Cause I haven’t really got to check out their facilities. I want to look at the school, too. They just showed me the indoor football field and outside fields. I want to look more at the school part of it. It’s just not all about football.”
As far as a decision timeline, Eichenberg says he is planning on making his commitment known before his senior season. His only planned visit will be for the Michigan-OSU game later this season.