Stoneburner Living a Dream

Jacob Stoneburner received some huge news last night when he found out that the Ohio State Buckeyes were offering a scholarship. He now holds official offers from all of the Midwest power programs.

Jacob Stoneburner, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver from Coffman High in Dublin, Ohio has been experiencing a plethora of attention ever since he attended the U.S. Army Junior Combine in early January.

He entered the event with no scholarship offers, but after combining some ridiculous times for a player his size (4.54 forty) with an amazing highlight reel, schools have been beating down his door with scholarship offers.

The first two schools that stepped up to the plate were Iowa and Clemson, and they both offered on the same day. Ever since he has not looked back as major programs like Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State have all shown their interest by offering a full ride. The hometown Buckeyes were the latest school to step up.

"Ohio State actually offered me yesterday, but I just talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel," Stoneburner began. "I actually got to talk to him for about 10 minutes, and it went really well. I had been waiting for this call for a long time, and it is definitely one of the best moments of my life."

"He (Coach Tressel) told me that the one thing that he likes real well about my game is my versatility. He likes the fact that I can play wide receiver or I could eventually be a tight end."

"He also talked to me a little about the process for in-state players," Stoneburner continued. "When they are recruiting in-state players, they like to take their time and get it right. They offer a few more out of state players, because they offer while they are in the area, but with the in-state guys they like to make sure that they are offering the right type of guys."

Stoneburner was also on campus last weekend for the Ohio State Junior Day.

"The basketball game was really sweet," he said. "It was whole lot of fun. I got to talk some with Josh Jenkins from West Virginia. He seemed to be having a good time."

Ohio State is not the only program that has been showing him some serious recruiting attention, as the Florida Gators could be the next team to make a move by offering a scholarship.

"I actually talked with Coach (Urban) Meyer," Stoneburner informed. "He told me that after watching my film that I was the best tight end prospect in the country. He said that if they offer a tight end or another big wide receiver this year then I will be the guy."

It is easy to see that Stoneburner is enamored with the Buckeye offer, but he is not going to try to rush in to a final decision quite yet.

"OSU is obviously my leader now, but I still want to take some visits to places like Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State and maybe to Florida," Stoneburner reported. "I will try to visit these schools throughout the next couple of months this spring and have a decision by the summer or earlier."

The "Buckeye State" standout is very appreciative of how the whole recruiting process has unraveled for him up to this point.

"It is definitely like living a dream," he stated about the opportunity he knows he will have going forward from high school. "I am just trying to stay as humble as possible, because I know that not every student athlete gets to have this type of attention, but it definitely does not get much better than this."

His outstanding performance at the U.S. Army junior Combine was recognized when the recruiting experts selected him as a second team member of the All-Combine Team.

As a junior, Stoneburner hauled in 63 passes for 948 yards and eight touchdowns.

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