Eubanks Still Has Minnesota On His Mind

Rafael Eubanks is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the country and continues to Minnesota among his favorites. See what Eubanks has to say about his progression and the keys to making his college choice.

A few years ago Ryan Harris was one of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the entire nation. The St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham standout chose Notre Dame over Miami in the end. College coaches are back in town this year for Rafael Eubanks. "I'm friends with Ryan," Eubanks said. "I was only a sophomore when he left but I was able to learn some things from him."

One of the similarities between the two is their ability to play with tremendous technique. Eubanks, like Harris, credits his offensive line coach. "My O-Line coach (Andrew Bishoff) has been great," he said. "He's taught me so much about technique and things like that. I owe him a lot of credit for getting me to where I am today."

Eubanks is now a 6-3, 285-pound two-way lineman who projects on the offensive side of the ball in college. "I played guard last year and I'm a center now," he said. "I think the versatility will help me out when I go to college. I'll be willing to play wherever I'm needed."

Eubanks, who has helped his team to a 4-2 start this season, said technique is just one of the reasons he's in the position he's in today. "In addition to my technique, I think I have good footwork," he said. "I am good at taking the right steps and I can move my feet quickly. I finish blocks and do a lot of pulling. Like I said, I owe all of that to my great coaches."

The talented lineman, a full academic qualifier who is also on the school golf team in the spring, has become one of the most heavily recruited players in the Midwest region. "Right now I'm looking at Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Miami, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Maryland," he said. "All of them offer a lot and I'm still wide open -- none of them stand above the rest right now."

The talented lineman said there are a few things he'll look at when breaking down his favorites. "I'm looking at the academic programs as well as football," he said. "That's always been number one to me. And basically, I have to feel comfortable around the coaches -- especially the O-Line coach."

Eubanks has one visit scheduled (Iowa- Dec. 10) and plans on taking all five. "More than likely, they'll all be after the season," he said. "I'll finish them up probably in January and that's when I'll be able to sit down and make a decision. Right now, I'm really wide open."

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