NC State has clearly made the tight end spot a point of emphasis in 2005 as they have doled out offers to several prospects at that position including Dennis Godfrey from Sanford, NC, John Lubischer from Boca Raton, Fla and Andy Miller from Washington, Pa. Now, you can add Jeff Minemyer from Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, Pa to the list as the Pack formally offered the talented two-way prospect this past week.
Rated the No. 22 player in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep magazine, Minemyer is a load at 6-6, 250 pounds. He boasts solid 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash and has emerged as a serious threat in the passing game. This past week he hauled in a 50-yard pass for a score and has caught better than 10 passes this year in helping his team to a perfect 6-0 record. Minemyer also doubles for Bishop Carroll on defense but it's his talent on the offensive side of the ball that has helped keep his phone ringing at a frenetic pace over the last several weeks.
To date, the senior prospect has earned scholarship offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Akron, E Michigan, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Duke and Colorado State. This past week, NC State made it an even dozen after watching tape of Minemyer's senior season. However, the Wolfpack will have some work to do as two programs have established a fairly solid lead in the race for his commitment.
"My top two have been West Virginia and Rutgers for a while but I've been talking to coach Cignetti all along and I'm definitely considering them," said Minemyer. "I know they throw to the TE a lot and they do different things with the TE like flexing him out and that's a big key for me. They also have good academics and good coaches and I'm still learning about them. I'd like to get down there for a visit after my season."
With the official visit season fast approaching, Minemyer has yet to set any dates but he does have several schools he's considering for those coveted five slots.
"West Virginia, Rutgers, Duke, Illinois, NC State and Michigan State have all been talking about setting up an official visit," said Minemyer. "I haven't set anything up yet but I know I'm definitely going to visit Rutgers and West Virginia."
The Mountaineers, in particular, have been a team high atop Minemyer's list of schools for some time. He talked about what stands out in West Virginia.
"West Virginia is close to home and they've got good academics there," he said. "Since they play in the Big East, several of the schools they play on the road are close to where I live so my parents could go to my home and away games. The only drawback is they don't use the TE as much so they're recruiting me as an athlete and saying I could come in as a TE or grow into an OL. It's not that big a deal to me though but I'd prefer to play TE."
Minemyer was at Rutgers this past weekend for a visit as the Scarlet Knights played West Virginia. He'll make a trip to Morgantown to check out the Mountaineers in action next weekend.
Despite the fact he's yet to set any official visits, Minemyer says a college decision could potentially come at any time.
"I could decide this week, take one official visit or take all five. Really, I could decide at any time."
Minemyer is a fine student and projects as a full academic qualifier.