Deacons offer Ohio OL

Wake Forest liked what they saw from Jon Bezney, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman from Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and extended an offer. He claims 18 offers from an assortment of top D-1 programs, but likes what Coach Jonathan Himebauch told him about the Demon Deacons.

"Last Thursday, the offensive line coach stopped by the school to see me lift," said Bezney. "My head coach told me about the offer. Afterward, I talked with {Himebauch] on the phone. He seems like a great guy in talking with him. He told me my athleticism was a big key in the reason they were offering. He likes my work ethic. He also said I'm at the right weight to be at for off-season workouts. Academics are big at Wake Forest and my grades speak for themselves. When my brother was going through the recruiting process I went with him to Wake Forest. I thought it was beautiful and fell in love with the place when I was there.

"I'm pretty humbled to have all of the offers I've received and the recruiting attention. I'm soaking it all in, but it's motivating to do more and handle my business in the weight room."

Bezney has attended junior days at Kentucky and Boston College. He went to spring games at both Louisville and Kentucky. Recently, he took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt.

"I'll likely take more trips this summer," he said. "I'm hoping to join a top end football program at a school with outstanding academics. I like an enthusiastic coaching staff that looks at me as an individual and not a piece of meat out there just for football. I'd like to play for a staff that cares about the athletes and stays in touch with them after college instead of just letting them go on their way. I'm also hoping to be in a great college environment. I'd like to make my decision before the season but that's not definite."

Although Bezney plays tight end for the Mariemont Warriors, as well as nose guard, he's being recruited by Wake Forest at offensive tackle. He started at left tackle as a sophomore, but moved to tight end as a junior to utilize his athleticism. As a junior, Bezney was named first team All-Cincinnati Hills Conference, honorable mention All-State, and received the Anthony Munoz Award as best defensive lineman in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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