Is Bobek In Buckeye Plans For 2011?

Palatine (Ill.) Fremd High School junior offensive lineman Brian Bobek is starting to attract a lot of recruiting attention, and is considered one of the top prospects in the Illinois 2011 class. Bobek has no offers but is hearing from most of the top programs in the Midwest, including Ohio State. Bill Greene caught up with Bobek and has the first word on this young lineman.

Many of the top coaches in the Midwest have taken notice of Palatine (Ill.) Fremd offensive linemen Brian Bobek. Bobek, 6-3 and 260 pounds, is having a great junior campaign and figures to be one of the top prospects in the Illinois class of 2011.

"Things are going great this year. We are undefeated and looking forward to getting into the playoffs," Bobek told of his season. "I think I've had a good year so far. There are things I can do to get better, and that's what I'm going to concentrate on during the off-season. I need to keep working out to get bigger and stronger. I need to work on getting my core stronger and making my footwork better. My overall strength is good, and I consider myself a power football player, so the added muscle will only make me better."

Bobek is starting to attract recruiting attention and is receiving mail on a daily basis from many of the top programs.

"I'm starting to get a lot of mail in the past few weeks, and some of the coaches are asking me to call them," Bobek said. "Notre Dame is a school that writes me often and they've invited me for games. I went to the Notre Dame game against Washington and had a great time. The atmosphere was unbelievable and it was an amazing college football game. The fans were great and I really enjoyed being there. I spoke to Rob Ianello, the recruiting coordinator, and Coach [Frank] Verducci, the offensive line coach. Both were great guys and they said they will be recruiting me. They will be watching my progress over the next year. I think an awful lot of the Notre Dame program."

After a strong camp performance at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are also interested in Bobek.

"I like Ohio State a lot as well," he said. "I'm hoping to get there for a game before their season ends. I know they only have two home games left, and a lot will depend on our playoff schedule the rest of the way, but I'm definitely interested in Ohio State. The prestige of the program is attractive to me because I've always wanted to play college football at the highest level, and that's where Ohio State has always been. I'm being recruited by "Doc" Tressel and he's a good guy. I also spent time with the offensive line coach, Jim Bollman, when I was at their camp. I thought the facilities were great and I kind of got a feel for what life on campus would be like at Ohio State. From what I already know about Ohio State, it seems like it would be a great fit for me. Coach Bollman said he will be following my season to see how things go and I should check in with him from time to time. I did send film to Ohio State last week and I'm waiting to hear back from them."

"I'm also very interested in Michigan State," he said. "They have a good program and things are headed in the right direction for them. Like most schools, they like the fact that I do well in the classroom. I have a 3.4 GPA and that is something I'm working on getting raised higher. I haven't taken the ACT or SAT yet, but will get that scheduled after the first of the year."

As one of the top offensive line prospects in the Midwest, Bobek is a player we will continue to track very closely in the near future. Look for his highlight tape to be on very shortly.

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