A small school prospect to watch this year in Ohio is Delphos St. John's fullback Matt Shumaker. Shumaker rushed for 2,100 yards last year and is drawing early interest from several schools as Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, Boston College, Indiana, and Wisconsin are all in contact. He lists his top four as Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Shumaker stands in at 6-1, 220 and lists his 40 time at 4.7. He ran a 4.6 before having knee surgery in 2002 but has consistently clocked at 4.7 since then. He went to Michigan camp last year and plans to camp at Iowa and Ohio State this year for one day each and is not sure about other camps yet.
Shumaker was one of the several fine Ohio prospects to attend Ohio State's junior day two weekends ago.
"It went pretty well," he said. "There were about 40 other kids. The coaches addressed us and we toured the facility. We ate lunch and saw the basketball game.
"It was my first visit anywhere," he said.
"I'm going back down for spring practices and the spring game," he said.
Matt will likely be a fullback prospect this year.
"I play fullback and linebacker," he said. "I have more experience on offense. I'm more comfortable there.
"I haven't played much defense since my sophomore year. I played situationally last year. I assume most are going to recruit me for offense."
Despite being moved to fullback, Matt has put up very impressive numbers.
"I was originally a tailback," he said. "I played both last year but was a tailback for the first seven games.
"I started playing fullback almost exclusively and started getting about 15 carries a game."
He's been busy recently with basketball but is a solid weight room performer.
"I play basketball. That's why I'm not in the weight room," he said. "My best bench was 330 and that was last summer, and a 425 squat."
It appears early on like Matt would like to get his decision out of the way, but he's going to wait and see how things develop.
"I'd like to get it over with but it depends on what offers are on the table," he said. "I'm just going to kind of let it happen.
"If the right offer's on the table, I'll take it."
What will be the factors in his decision?
"Three things -- academics, a good football program with a good tradition, and fit in with the coaches and players," he said.