Signing Day Impact With Jeff Heuerman

Ohio State has signed a monster recruiting class for 2011, and a few of their signess have already enrolled in school, including tight end Jeff Heuerman, a three-star prospect out of Naples (FLA) Barron-Collier. has the story on Heuerman.

Jeff Heuerman is one of five Ohio State players in the 2011 recruiting class that has already enrolled in school, and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound, tight end should benefit greatly from early strength and conditioning training, as well as spring football.

Heuerman is one of two tight ends Ohio State signed for this class, the other being Westerville Central's Nick Vannett. Both players will battle returning lettermen Jake Stoneburner and Reid Fragel for playing time next year.

After a strong senior season at Barron-Collier, a predominantly running team, Heuerman jumped at the opportunity to enroll early at Ohio State, and jump-start his career.


Heuerman is already an established blocker, who will get even better in that department with added bulk and strength. His pass-catching was impressive in 7-on-7 action, and at Ohio State's summer camp.

"Heuerman plays in a running attack that emphasizes his ability to block. At 6'5, 225 he has the prototype frame to work with, he might even add an inch or two. Heuerman has excellent hands and the ability to make plays when the ball is in the air. He has solid core strength and will only add to it in the future. He is raw as a route runner and needs to work on his speed." -Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst.

Heuerman on his future:

Saturday afternoon, April 24:

"Before the game, down on the field, was just unbelievable being there," he informed. "I hung out with Jeremy Cash mostly, and we really hit it off. We started talking about rooming together at Ohio State, if I would go there, because we're both reporting early."

"I started thinking about committing during the game, but I wanted to discuss it further with my dad, to get his thoughts," he continued. "My dad thought it would be a good idea for me to spend Saturday night with the current Ohio State players, to get a feel for the type of people they are."

Saturday evening, April 24:

"I went out with the other Florida guys that night, and we met up with a lot of the guys on the team," Heuerman stated. "We went to a draft party for Kurt Coleman, and hung out with all the guys. All of them were so positive about Ohio State, and they all welcomed me. I really liked Coleman and Jaamal Berry a lot, really all the guys were great."

"I had spoken to my dad before we went out Saturday night, and he knew how I felt about Ohio State," he stressed. "Everyone asks my dad about me going to Michigan, like he did, but he knows Ohio State is just a better program right now. Coach Tressel's situation is so stable, and they have a chance to win the national championship every year. We both agreed this was clearly the right place for me, but we wanted to go back home and talk to my coach, to bring him into the loop. Once we met with him, all that was left to do was to call Coach Tressel and make it official, which I did that evening."

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