"I have offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado State, Akron, and Eastern Michigan," said Jeff Minemeyer. "Rutgers and West Virginia are my top two schools followed by Michigan State and Duke."
Several reasons detail why Rutgers is in Minemyer's top two. "I would have the chance to play as a freshman. They have not won a lot in the past, but I really like the coaching staff. I am very interested to see how they do this year. I like how they flex their tight end and let them catch a lot of balls. Their offense really fits me well. It is the same offense our team uses. I would be use to it."
Coach Joe Susan [Rutgers] has made a very good impression with Minemyer. Coach Susan coaches the tight ends, and he is Minemeyer's recruiting coach.
"Coach Susan is a nice guy," Minemeyer said. "He is a big guy and is really nice to talk to."
The Scarlet Knights will have stiff competition as Minemeyer is high on West Virginia for different reasons, and he has scheduled an official visit.
"I will go to West Virginia October 14, for my official visit," he said. "West Virginia is different from Rutgers. They have played for the Big East championship the past two years. The coaching staff is very solid. They do have six or seven tight ends on scholarship. They said I would red-shirt. They also don't use their tight ends much. They use two tight ends, but they don't throw the ball a lot. The coaches have said the reason is that they have not had an athletic tight end and they are looking for one. I am going to see how much they throw to the tight ends this year."
Though it appears Rutgers may have the overall lead for his services, Minemeyer will weigh a lot of options heading into his decision.
"The three most important things for me when I'm trying to make my decision is location, the coaching staff, and playing time," said Minemeyer. "I really don't want to go too far away from home. Rutgers is five hours from my house and West Virginia is only two and a half. Both of those schools are not far from home. I want to be able to communicate with the coaching staff and have a good relationship with them. I want to be able to play early. I don't want to go somewhere and not be able to play for a few years."
Minemeyer would like to take a few visits before making a decision, and he has a decision time-frame in mind.
"I will probably decide during my season," he said. "It will probably happen in the middle or towards the end. I know I want to attend the Rutgers-West Virginia game October 8. I don't know if it will be for an official visit or not. I am trying to set my visit up with Rutgers right now. I don't know if I will go to anymore games this year."
Minemeyer is a weight room warrior, and he is ready for a monster senior season.
"Mini-camp starts this Wednesday," he said. "We will begin regular practice next Monday. I am ready to go. I am up to 255 pounds, and we have worked hard in the weight room. My bench is 255 pounds and my squat is 405 pounds."