This spring, the five-star offensive tackle visited Notre Dame. He flew down to the Sunshine State to see Florida and Miami. The West Scranton (Pa.) High standout took a trip out to Illinois. Last weekend Shrive was at Ohio State. This weekend, you can find him at Rutgers.
"Every weekend I'm packing up a suitcase and going somewhere else," Eric Shrive said with a laugh. "I like it. It gets me out of this town."
In another year, the 6-foot-7, 300-pound Shrive will be out of Scranton for good. The lucky school however, far from being determined.
"Not really." Shrive answered when asked if any of his spring visits have stood out. He has 31 scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma. "They were all pretty good. They were all actually kind of fun."
The Irish coaching staff is doing what they can to impress Shrive, and they did so on Tuesday night. April 15th marked the first day of the recruiting evaluation period, and college coaches are allowed to make one phone call to each prospect. One call Charlie Weis made was to Shrive.
"We talked just like recruiting and stuff," Shrive said. "I talked to him, I talked to (offensive line) coach (John) Latina, and I talked to (recruiting coordinator) coach (Rob) Ianello.
"They just talked about when they're coming to see my coach. That Latina is coming next week. Weis just told me he isn't going to pressure me into a decision, he is just going to guide me to a decision."
Weis would certainly like to guide Shrive to South Bend. The Irish staff envisions him as their future right tackle.
Most schools are recruiting Shrive as an offensive lineman, but he is a two-way standout. In helping West Scranton to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state quarterfinals, he racked up 73 solos, 61 assists, 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass deflects, two fumble recoveries and 21 quarterback hurries.
Shrive keeps in touch with Weis through email, and calls Latina once a week. He'd like to start narrowing down his list of offers to an unset manageable number by the end of the month. Then he'd like to get that number down to a smaller list by August.
"I have no idea," Shrive said of what he'd like to have it down to.
When will Shrive's packed bags be returning to South Bend again?
"Maybe the summer, maybe for an official, I'm not sure yet," he said.