Although the 6-6, 281-pound offensive tackle has already racked up more than a dozen scholarship offers, Schofner might be on the verge of landing one from Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been showing increased interest in the senior-to-be from Johnstown (Ohio) Monroe, but attention from the OSU coaching staff is nothing new for Schofner.
"They've always been there," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "They've been around, but they just started showing interest about two weeks ago. They've been stopping in the school and all that stuff and sending letters in the mail."
Schofner first appeared on the radar of the OSU coaching staff when he attended one of their summer camps as an eighth grader. He then made a return trip last summer but does not plan on camping this year.
Schofner is being recruited by offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell. Both have stopped into his high school within the last week.
Fickell was there May 8, while Bollman made an appearance May 11.
"They're pretty cool," Schofner said. "They're nice guys. I've always known them from being young and going to Ohio State camps but now I'm getting older and starting to get to know them a little better. They're welcoming me in. They tell me they like the way I play and they're real serious about me."
Schofner said the coaches have told him they want to see him a few more times before they decide to offer him, but the offensive lineman said he is not sure if that means they want to evaluate more film or if they will wait until his season starts to watch him play live.
Although Schofner said he grew up as an OSU fan, the Buckeyes have not immediately vaulted to the top of his list.
"My options are open," he said. "Just because I grew up a fan for them doesn't mean I don't like the 18 other schools that have offered me. I'm just keeping my options open right now and doing what's best for me and my family."
Schofner said he holds offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Toledo, Michigan, Ohio University, Illinois, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Akron, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Michigan State, Boston College, Cincinnati, South Florida and Kansas with an offer from North Carolina on the way.
"I think he's handling it fantastic," Monroe head coach Mike Carter said. "It's not an easy process for any kid to go through this recruiting. He is still coming to school every day with a smile on his face. He's getting along and he treats every coach that comes in with dignity and class and with respect. I think he's done just a fantastic job of being able to handle this kind of pressure at a young age."
Schofner said he is planning to earn a degree in criminal justice in college, citing his desire to get a diploma as the top factor he will look at when picking a school.
"I want to make sure I get a degree first," he said. "That's a big priority of mine. Football is the love of my life, but it might not always be there. I'm busting my butt to get to the next level, so that's what I want to do. That's the dream, but I want to get a degree. Distance isn't really a big deal of mine."
Should he land an OSU offer, though, Schofner said he would have to give serious consideration to the Buckeyes.
"It would mean a lot to me," he said. "I just want to see what's going on first. I want to go there and check it out. I've been there, but I don't really actually know a whole lot about it.
"They've been coming on pretty hard. I've been liking it so far. I'm very thankful."