Ohio TE A Fan Of NU's Offense

Northwestern uses the superback, an adapted tight end position, with great frequency in its spread offense. For tight end recruit Craig Runyan (Marysville, OH), that position could be a perfect fit.

"I'm being recruited at other schools for being hybrid back, which is just like the superback at Northwestern," Runyan said. "They use their superback all the time, so I'd be very excited to be a superback."

At 6'4" and 225 pounds, Runyan is very similar in stature to current NU superback Drake Dunsmore. In addition to good size, Runyan said he is a fan of the pace of the Northwestern offense.

"It's a positive," he said. "I really like fast paced teams."

Runyan has yet to visit Northwestern, but isn't concerned. He said he hopes to visit NU in mid-July, and is planning on setting up that visit tonight. On the visit, he expects to have a positive reaction to campus.

"You have to have the right feeling about a school that you visit," he said. "From what I hear from a couple family friends who went to Northwestern, it's a beautiful campus, so I'm not really worried about that."

Runyan currently does not hold an offer from NU, but holds offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, and Toledo. Runyan said he isn't overly concerned about playing in a power conference, but is simply interested in finding the right fit.

"I look at MAC schools and Big Ten schools the same way," he said. "I could easily choose a MAC school over a Big Ten school if the offer is right, if everything is just what I'm looking for. The Big Ten is definitely a prestigious conference and it would be an honor to play in it."

Though he isn't concerned with playing for a specific conference, Runyan said the coaching staff will play a pivotal role in his decision. And according to Runyan, the Northwestern coaching staff has made a solid first impression.

"Their coaches seem great, from what I have experienced so far," he said. "As of right now, all I can tell you is the coaches seem to be really great people, very knowledgeable."


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