Pack in the Mix for Midwest Tight End?

Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills tight end Benson Browne has been quietly amassing offers and NC State is one of the schools hot on his trail.

Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills tight end Benson Browne has been quietly amassing offers and NC State is one of the schools hot on his trail.

The Wolfpack offered the 6-6, 240-pound tight end back in June and they have kept in pretty good contact with Browne since then. However, they certainly have their work cut out for them.

While Browne says the schools closer to home do not have an advantage over the out of state programs, it's only natural that they would have a slight edge. After all, this summer Browne visited West Virginia, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State -- all schools in the Big Ten's region.

Browne did visit Duke over the summer as well but was unable to make it over to NC State while he was in town. According to Browne that's not a sign that the Pack is lower on his list than some of the other schools he has been to.

"I found out (about State's offer) when coach Horton came up to Walnut Hills," he explained. "That was in May. I'm still looking at them. I'm open to everybody. Right now I'm just still looking to see what schools I like best. I'm trying to figure out where I fit in best. I'm not putting any school above other schools. Since then we've talked a little bit. It's mostly been stuff like, 'Hey, what's up,' but they're keeping in touch."

In all, ten schools have offered scholarships to Browne. Though he has the size of a young man that could eventually grow into an offensive lineman Browne said all of the schools recruiting him want him as a tight end. That seems to be the position he wants to play as well.

Last year he caught nine passes for 90 yards as a tight end. Perhaps the biggest factor for Browne will be how he meshes with his position coach.

"I really need to make a connection with the tight ends coach," he explained. "That's who I'm going to be spending the majority of my time with when I'm on campus. I need to get a good vibe from the school too. I want to feel like I'm at home."

Browne said he will probably take at least a few of his allotted official visits before he makes his decision.


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