Busy Month For Ohio TE/DE

<b>Chad Hoobler</b> is considered by some to be one of the top 5 junior prospects in Ohio. He has made several visits this month and plans to make an early decision. Who are his current favorites?

Name: Chad Hoobler
Position: TE/DE
Height: 6'4 1/2"
Weight: 220 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
Bench Press: 335 pounds
School: Carrollton HS, Carrollton, OH

Chad played tight-end, middle linebacker and defensive-end for Carrolton last season.  He is being recruited to play either tight-end or defensive-end in college.  He does not have a position preference.

"I had 101 tackles and around 6 sacks," Chad said Wednesday evening.  "As a tight-end, I had 16 catches for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns.  I also had 37 pancake blocks."

At the time of the interview, Penn State was the only team that had offered a scholarship.  Chad listed Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan as some of the other schools expressing interest.

"Boston College said they are going to offer me whenever they come down here.  Pitt said they were going to offer me at camp, but since I'm not going to camp I don't know what they are going to do."

Hoobler plans to make an early decision.

"I'm going to make my decision on May 27.  That's just a day me, my coach and my family picked.  I just don't want to have to worry about it and don't want the school to have to worry about it either."

Chad attended summer camp at Pittsburgh last year, and Ohio State the year before that.  So far this month, he has taken visits to Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

Jay Paterno is recruiting Hoobler for Penn State.  The Nittany Lions are recruiting Chad to play tight-end and offered him a scholarship when he and his family visited for a junior day earlier this month.

"It was April 4th and 5th.  That was my second trip there.  I was there last year to watch the Illinois game.  This time we got to see the campus and we talked to all the coaches.  It was nice, I liked it a lot."

Penn State obviously agrees with those that feel Chad is one of the top junior prospects in Ohio.

"They like the way I catch the ball, the way I block and the way I come off the ball."

Which of the Penn State coaches stood out to Hoobler?

"All of them actually.  We talked to all of their coaches for a while after everybody left.  I liked all of them actually."

What else stood out besides the coaching staff?

"They're really high on academics.  You'll leave there with a good degree."

Chad was not hesitant to name his early favorites.

"Penn State and probably Ohio State.  Those two are probably the leaders."

He's also interested in Boston College, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado.  Penn State is his current favorite.  What makes PSU stand out above the others right now?

"I just feel good there, I feel good around all their coaches."

Did he grow up an Ohio State fan?

"Yeah, my aunt and uncle used to take me to an Ohio State game every year ever since I was little."

What has Ohio State told him with regard to offering?

"They said that I was in their top 10 and they're just going real methodically about offering kids.  Actually I'm going down tomorrow (Thursday) to watch their practice."

When asked what he would do if Ohio State offered him a scholarship, Chad simply said, "I'm not sure yet."

Is it a forgone conclusion that he would commit to Ohio State if offered by the Buckeyes?

"No, not at all."

We'll know soon enough as Bucknuts is reporting that Chad was offered a scholarship during his visit to Ohio State yesterday.

Hoobler is currently participating in track, throwing the shotput and discus.  His best throws are 49 feet for the shot and 141 feet for the discus.

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