Fiedorowicz Down To Top Four

The Ohio State coaching staff has apparently made C.J. Fiedorowicz a priority in its class of 2010. The nation's No. 2 tight end speaks to about his recruitment, his interest in the Buckeyes and which four schools are atop his list.

He has been a success on the football field, but C.J. Fiedorowicz has fallen short at one goal away from the gridiron.

The nation's No. 2 tight end as ranked by had hoped to pick a school before the spring was out. However, things did not go according to plan, and now the senior-to-be at Johnsburg, Ill., is looking at making a decision sometime this fall.

Do not confuse a lack of a decision for a lack of progress, however. The 6-7, 240-pound tight end is down to four schools atop his list.

"I've narrowed it down to Ohio State, Iowa, Notre Dame and Wisconsin right now," he told

Fiedorowicz landed an offer from the Buckeyes sometime in December or January, he said. In all, he now holds somewhere between 18-to-20 total scholarship offers.

The Buckeyes make his list because they have been recruiting him the hardest, Fiedorowicz said.

"They've been recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "That's why they're at my top: because they're recruiting me harder than all the other schools, which shows that they have interest in me."

Fiedorowicz said he took an unofficial visit to Columbus in early April – his first trip to the campus – to take in an OSU spring practice and came away impressed with all the Buckeyes have to offer. In addition, he got to spend time with tight ends coach John Peterson, who is helping recruit him.

"When I visited, I loved their campus," Fiedorowicz said. "I liked all the coaches. I like Coach Pete, their tight end coach. The facilities were amazing."

Fiedorowicz said he primarily uses e-mail to keep in touch with the coaches recruiting him. In OSU's case, that means Peterson as well as running backs coach Dick Tressel.

The fact that he has not been able to yet pick a school is a testament to how much more difficult the recruiting process has turned out to be for Fiedorowicz.

"It is a lot more stressful than I thought," he said. "I didn't think all these coaches would be pulling me different ways, sending me letters and calling me. It's crazy how much they go through just to get somebody."

To help get through it, Fiedorowicz said he relies on input from a few key people in his life including his coaching staff and his parents.

Asked what is most important in a school, Fiedorowicz said, "What kind of offense they run, if their coaching staff is going to be around for a while, the people in general and the campus."

Although the 6-7, 240-pound athlete is being recruited as a tight end in college, he seldom plays the position in high school. Instead, he lines up at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Fiedorowicz earned first-team all-area honors in each of the last two seasons.

"(Teams like) my size and my speed," he said. "I guess I can move a lot quicker and faster than a lot of guys my size and I've got good hands."

Moving forward, Fiedorowicz said the plan is to work on his strength and agility this summer while preparing for his senior season. Once the fall rolls around, he will take his official visits before making a final decision.

Once he does, it will likely bring about a sigh of relief. Asked if he was anxious about making a decision, he said, "Yeah, just because then I could get it out of the way and enjoy my senior year but I've got to make the right decision. Taking a little more time won't hurt me."

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