Illinois DT Boenzi In Contact With OSU

Illinois defensive tackle recently asked Ohio State what was going on with his recruitment and got an answer. Find out what the Buckeyes told him and which other schools the 6-3, 300-pounder who helped lead his team to the state title game a year ago is talking to while competing in track and working in the classroom.

As the calendar turned to March, junior defensive tackle prospect Frank Boenzi took the bull by the horns when it came to recruiting.

A camper at Ohio State last summer, Boenzi hadn't heard from the Buckeyes for a while, so he shot an email to the Ohio State coaching staff.

"They didn't talk to me for a while, and I emailed them yesterday because I wanted to see what was up," Boenzi told "They were just waiting to see how my grades are going to be after the semester was over. They're waiting for that, and they want me to come up to one of their camps because they want to see me again. And they want me to send them a tape because the one they had was really old and I was out because of mono this year for three games in the playoffs so they want to see me and see how I play."

Any new tape should show the 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle making some plays while his Geneva, Ill., squad made it to the Class 7A state title game before losing to a stacked squad from East St. Louis. Geneva finished 13-1 on the season.

That was with Boenzi not at 100 percent. In addition to the mono, he had to deal with an injury to the meniscus in his knee that nagged him throughout the year and resulted in repair once the campaign ended.

"I didn't know why I was getting so tired on the field, and my knee bothered me," he said. "I'm hoping to play my best football ever in 2009."

Doing so would help his stock. He is currently without offers but recently checked out a junior day at Northern Illinois and also says he's hearing from numerous Big Ten schools like Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State as well as Colorado and the University of Miami.

"Colorado is a beautiful school," he said. "Miami, it's in Florida and it's Miami, so I'd be interested in them. Of course Ohio State. Illinois, it's close. It's a nice school. I talked to NIU and they have great coaches over there."

Ohio State went into Illinois in the class of 2008 to find Garrett Goebel in the city of Lombard. Boenzi's home of Geneva is 15 miles to the west. About Ohio State, Boenzi had plenty of complementary things to say.

"It's a dream school for really anyone," he said. "It would just be a dream come true to go there. It's a great school and it's big, and I like that. It's far away from home but not too far. It's only a six-hour drive so it's not too bad. I like their football tradition because it's like my high school. We win a lot and they win a lot so the tradition is good. The facilities are gorgeous."

Boenzi hasn't been able to make many junior days because of his track schedule but is looking forward to seeing how his recruiting will shake out. He added that the momentary lack of communication from Ohio State won't be a problem going forward.

"I'm kind of anxious to see what happens," he said. "I understand what my situation is with my grades and stuff. I've been working really hard to pull those up so I'm thinking after this semester it should be all good."

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