Schrock Among Top Ohio Wideouts In 2010

Big, athletic wideout prospect Anthony Schrock of Wadsworth, Ohio, is gaining interest from schools around the country. The multisport star talked with about his thoughts on Ohio State as well as the other schools from around the conference and nation to check in with the northeast Ohioan.

Anthony Schrock didn't take long to make an impact on his high school team in Wadsworth, Ohio.

As a freshman wideout playing on the varsity, Schrock went up to head coach Greg Dennison told him that he wanted the ball.

"I just remember the first game, it was a close game, a critical situation, and the came over to me and told me he could get open on a fade, and I'm thinking, ‘As a freshman, he's got the confidence and thinks he can do this?'" Dennison said. "That's just how he plays."

Continuing to play with that confidence has turned Schrock into one of the best wide receiver prospects in the state of Ohio in the class of 2010. The 6-3, 200-pounder has an offer from Akron and is also receiving interest, he said, from Ohio State, Northwestern, UCLA and Iowa.

"It's going real well," he said. "At first, I kind of didn't know what to expect. I was kind of happy at the same time and now I'm getting a lot of calls here and there. It was hard to get used to but I'm fine with it now."

Wadsworth got off to a 5-1 start this past season and was ranked in the Cleveland Plain Dealer's local power poll, but a knee injury that limited Schrock's effectiveness helped doom the team to four straight losses to finish the year, a testament to Schrock's importance to his squad.

"He can go up and make catches most people can't make, but I think the biggest thing is he always seems to be there to make a play when we need it the most," Dennison said. "He makes the great plays almost seem routine. He went through a couple of things at the end of the year and it hurt us. It took part of our offense away. It opens up when he's on the field even when we don't throw it because people are so worried about him."

Now Schrock is in basketball season and has track, a sport in which he qualified for the state meet a season ago, upcoming, but he's working on sorting out the recruiting picture. He has plans to try to camp at Ohio State, Iowa, Cincinnati and Northwestern after his basketball schedule has kept him from traveling during the winter junior day months.

He was already at Ohio State in October to check out the Penn State night game with his family.

"It was great," Schrock said. "The atmosphere was crazy. It was the best I've been to by far. I loved it."

Schrock added that he would look forward to an Ohio State offer if it comes.

"They have a great academic thing going," he said. "I know it's real hard to get in there. I like their support. There's nothing against Ohio State. I can't see one disadvantage."

Dennison stressed that Schrock is the complete student-athlete, which is borne out in the Northwestern interest. The wideout said he could see himself as a Wildcat if given the chance.

"They run a five-wide and I think as a freshman going in I would have a great shot at playing the first year," he said. "I really like Northwestern. Academics are great."

Of course, where Schrock ends up could end up depending on which offers come through, but his high school coach sees big things in his future.

"I think his potential is unlimited just because of his attitude toward things," Dennison said. "He's never satisfied, so he's always working and trying to get better. As long as he's continuing to have that attitude, then he's just going to keep getting better, and he's pretty good now."

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