Strobel Has Offers, but Will Take His Time

Tom Strobel is already attracting scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the country. The standout defensive lineman from Mentor High School (Mentor, Ohio) has one from Notre Dame and likes what the Irish have to offer.

Ohio State football has a lot of influence around the state of Ohio, but it's pull isn't any stronger than it is in the Northeast corner of the state. Defensive end Tom Strobel (6-foot-4, 235-pounds) grew up there and he realizes how special Buckeye football is, but he's going to keep an open mind when it comes to selecting his college.

"Being from Ohio everyone expects you to want to go to Ohio State, but I've realized that there are other schools out there," Strobel explained. "That's why I like a school like Notre Dame.

"When I got on campus, I really liked it. The whole environment is just gorgeous, the buildings, the tradition, everything was just great.

"The coaches said that they love my motor and they love my attack style defense," he said. "They like the way I can get to the quarterback. They just like having good defensive linemen up front and they said that I'd fit perfectly into their program."

Strobel recently landed a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes to go along with his offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, West Virginia, Stanford, Illinois and Virginia. Although he's been waiting on the Buckeyes to offer him, he'll likely take his time in making his commitment.

"I'm going to make my decision toward the beginning of next season," he said. "I'm not leaning toward any school right now. I really don't know where I'm going to go. All my options are open.

"I've already seen Ohio State, Cincinnati, Pitt, Penn State and Notre Dame and I'm still trying to get around to as many schools as I can."

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