Wash. Prep Wolverine Talks about Recruiting

Offensive lineman <b>Steve Schilling</b> of Bellevue, Wash., High School already wears the Winged Helmet for his high school football team. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke recently with Schilling about his recruiting, which has been on fire recently. Is he considering staying a Wolverine? <br>

It will come as no surprise that the University of Washington got the early jump on one of the state's top talents. The Huskies were the first to offer offensive lineman Steve Schilling of Bellevue, Wash., High School. However, Schilling claimed the fact that they were the first, and Schilling is a home-state player, doesn't give U-Dub any advantage. "I've been in Washington my whole life, so I grew up rooting for the Huskies," he told GoBlueWolverine. "But that doesn't mean they lead or that I'm going to automatically pick them. I'm really open right now and want to see what all the schools have to offer."

Right now, nine other schools are offering the 6-foot-5, 290-pound behemoth scholarships to come play football. Joining Washington are Washington State, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Missouri, Arizona State, and most recently Nebraska. "Michigan coach Ron English came by my school not too long ago," Schilling said. "So far he is the only one I know of who has visited my school. I've never been to Michigan but I like their reputation and want to visit." Schilling said that while he plays on both sides of the ball, he sees his future on offense. "All the schools are recruiting me for offense," he said. "I'm not quite sure where on the line I'll be playing, but it will be on offense."

Schilling is a Wolverine accustomed to winning, and winning big. In September the Bellevue High Wolverines (winged helmet and all - see photo) did something no other team had done is 13 years; they defeated the mighty De La Salle Spartans of Concord, Calif., 39-20, ending De La Salle's national record 151-game winning streak. "That was the most fun I've ever had," he said. "We prepared for that game for the entire year. We were more intense about everything we did, in the weight room, in practice, all of it, and it paid off. We watched a lot of their film and knew their lineman were very fast off the ball, so we worked and worked on that all year." Bellevue went on to finish its 13-0 season with a fourth-consecutive State 3-A title. The Wolverines were the first team in state history to win four titles in a row.

Schilling's summer schedule isn't finalized and he told us he wasn't sure which camps he would attend. He was at the Nike Camp at Stanford last year, and hopes to return. He said he recently took unofficial visits to USC and UCLA and may just wait until he can take his official visits. "I'm in no hurry to get this over with," he said. "As a matter of fact I'll probably wait until February to make my decision." Schilling said distance is not a factor, and that his parents will likely accompany him during his visits.

Schilling is stellar in the classroom as well. He reports a 3.72 grade-point-average and just took the SAT. He said he is unsure of a major.

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