Recruiting: Sooners making run at Texas TE

Rosenberg, Texas tight end Eric Mensik talks about his offer from Oklahoma and four favorites.

Eric Mensik, 6'5, 232, 4.8, ROSENBERG (TERRY HS), TEXAS:

Many times in recruiting, especially when dealing with tight ends, players slip through the cracks. And that is exactly what happened with Eric Mensik, who is a heck of an athlete that has started for two years at tight end and as the deep snapper for Terry High.

Tight ends are often hard to evaluate because they are required to do so many different things, but Mensik has been an excellent blocker since Day One and caught 17 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns last season.

"I think I am a good all-around tight end," said Mensik. "I like to block, but I have improved my passing ability and I was able to do some good thing catching the ball this season. I love catching the ball now and realize if I continue to work on my pass receiving skills I can become very good at it. I also deep snap and that is something that has come pretty naturally to me."

Mensik is one of those prospects that a number of schools wanted to watch his senior year. Early on, Mensik was offered by UTEP. And just three weeks ago he was offered by TCU. He was also being recruited by Memphis and Duke. And, in fact, he attended the Duke Camp this past summer.

However, Mensik wasn't ready for the recruiting attention that he received recently.

"Most of the teams that had been recruiting me were schools from Conference USA or something like that," said Mensik. "That was fine with me and those schools are great schools, but just last week Arkansas started calling me and started to tell me that soon I would be receiving an offer. Then I heard from Oklahoma. Then on Monday, Coach Sumlin called me and asked me what I would think if I received an offer from Oklahoma? I told him that I would be flattered if OU offered and then he said to me that I had an offer. I was speechless. And then ten minutes later Arkansas called and told me that they were going to offer. So, in a span of ten minutes I had an offer from one of the top teams in the country in Oklahoma and a good SEC school in Arkansas. It was incredible."

Mensik can bench 270 pounds, squats 520 and he has a 27-inch vertical jump. He is the first post off the bench in basketball and he starts in the outfield in baseball.

And the fact that Mensik can deep snap doubles his value to every college that is interested in him.

"Every team that has offered me wants me to be both a tight end and deep snapper, which is what I have done all my life so that is fine with me," said Mensik. "I like doing both."

With the new offers in hand, what does Mensik thing about recruiting at this time?

"I would say that I like [b]Oklahoma, Memphis, Duke[/b] and [b]Arkansas[/b] in that order," said Mensik. "I plan on visiting Oklahoma on the 9th. I was going to Memphis, but they haven't offered me. That is amazing that a great program like Oklahoma has offered me, so I am ready to give them my full attention. I will probably go to Arkansas the following weekend. I want to take my visits and see what happens."

Mensik has qualified.

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