St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH is one of the midwest's top programs for producing division one prospects. The school was a regular stopping off point on the recruiting trail for head coach Tom O'Brien and his staff while at Boston College and they've continued their steady show of attention since moving to NC State. One player they're keeping a close eye on is LB Nick Schneider.
At 6-3, 235 pounds, Schneider boasts division one size now and reports 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Last season he collected 110 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack from his middle linebacker spot en route to all-conference honors.
To date, Schneider has picked up offers from Eastern Michigan, Ohio University and Bowling Green and he's hoping a solid senior year may lead to even more scholarships down the road. One school he has particular interest in is NC State and he had the chance to visit Raleigh earlier this summer.
"It was beautiful down there," he said. "Especially the facilities. I had no idea that State had facilities that were that nice.
"I met with coach Horton and he escorted me around. I also had a chance to talk to coach Bible. I love coach Horton. Out of the whole recruiting process, I've always felt like he's someone that I can trust. When their staff was up at Boston College, they had ties to our staff here at my high school. I know their staff is one that my coaches here trust."
That trip helped solidify the Wolfpack in Schneider's top five list.
"I would say I'm wide open but I do like Michigan, Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, Boston College and NC State," said Schneider. "I would say Cincinnati and State are probably recruiting me the hardest right now. Coach Horton was honest with me and said it would probably be an end-of-season thing as far as when they might be able to offer. They pretty much want to see my senior film."
Schneider plans to visit several school this fall although he hasn't established a formal schedule just yet. He said he plans to wait his recruiting out unless the right offer pops up.
"I'm planning to just wait it out right now," he said. "But if one of the schools I mentioned in my top five were to offer I may go ahead and commit."