The Spring Slowdown

After what could certainly be described as a hectic early spring that saw him check out schools all across the country, things are finally starting to slow down for Eric Shrive. Find out what is on tap for the five-star offensive line prospect in the coming weeks, what his reflections are on the spring and which question he hates being asked the most.

Things are finally starting to slow down for Eric Shrive.

After a chaotic spring that saw the five-star offensive line prospect from Scranton (Pa.) West Scranton check out a number of schools pursuing him, Shrive can now get back to doing what he loves the most: simply playing football.

"I've slowed the process down," he told "It can really get to you, but I have a good support system that allows me to slow things down. I'm going to take it easy for the next few months and then hit the road again."

During the spring, Shrive took in Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers (twice), Florida, Miami, Fla., and Illinois. Those schools are just some of the 30-plus teams to extend him scholarship offers, a list that also includes Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma.

Asked what impressed him the most about his various trips, Shrive was hard-pressed to give a narrow answer.

"I really had great trips from every program I went to," he said. "I went to Ohio State and had a great trip there. I really got to spend a lot of time with the players. I went to Illinois, same thing there. I had a great trip. When I was at Rutgers twice in the spring I met some top-profile recruits and we really kicked things up. I was at some other places during the season. Every place I went, I came out with a positive attitude towards that school."

Now playing spring football, Shrive said he is "going to let the recruiting process come to me." No more visits will be taken in the near future as he focuses on his own team and his own growth both on the field and in the weight room.

The recruiting process is certainly coming to him, however. On Tuesday, OSU offensive line coach Jim Bollman was at his school for most of the day to meet with Shrive's head coach. Bollman stuck around and watched practice, spending time with a Florida coach who was there doing the same.

The next day, Notre Dame, UCLA and North Carolina State were all on hand. During the week prior, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Connecticut were all there. While some of them were on hand to see Shawn Bodtmann, who is verbally committed to Nebraska, many where there to see the 6-7, 300-pound tackle that is Shrive.

While he does not have a list of top schools, Shrive knows what he is looking for in a school.

"People are going to be the main factor for me," he said. "They're the ones I'm going to have to be surrounded by for the next four or five years. Then the second thing is going to be the character of the players and the stability of the coaching staff. Third, I want to come in and make an impact wherever I go and play early."

His trip to OSU left a favorable impression when weighed against those criteria.

"When I was at Ohio State I really had a good time and met a lot of the same type of players," he said. "That was a positive. I was impressed with how down-to-earth Coach (Jim) Tressel is. Another thing I love about Ohio State is that Coach Bollman is the offensive line coach as well as being the offensive coordinator."

Shrive said he keeps in contact with Bollman "once or twice every other week."

While he is planning on taking his time before making a decision, Shrive is working hard in the classroom with the intention of graduating early and enrolling in college for winter classes.

Until then, the questions will continue about which schools are his favorite. He gave one hint, however: do not guess which schools he likes simply based on what clothes he is wearing.

"I try to get a lot of stuff when I go on a visit," he said. "Say I have a shirt on or shorts or a sweatshirt from a school, the first question everyone always asks me is if that's where I'm going to go to school."

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