Two Big Ten offers in as many days means an exciting February for offensive lineman Noah DeHond out of Rochester (N.Y.) McQuaid Jesuit. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound big man is up to five offers after Rutgers and Illinois came through.
“It’s comforting and a blessing,” DeHond said. “ … All of the hard work is paying off. Before I got my first offer, I wondered ‘am I even going to get any.’ Now being here, it’s a blessing.”
Rutgers assistant coach Bob Fraser visited DeHond’s school before National Signing Day and an offer came through Tuesday afternoon.
“I really love their coaching staff,” DeHond said. “When I was there [last year], I sat down and had lunch with the coaches. They made me feel really comfortable.”
“For their first year in the Big Ten, they did really well,” DeHond said. “They’re obviously a growing program. If I were to decide to be a part of that, I think it would be awesome.”
As an aspiring college offensive lineman, the Big Ten offers from Illinois and Rutgers are both intriguing and rewarding, he said.
“I’m really excited about that,” he said. “I feel like the Big Ten and the ACC are really what I’m looking toward geographically. The Big Ten, they’re playing against smaller defense and with those huge offensive linemen, it’s fun to ground and pound people. I like that style of the Big Ten teams.”