Sorting Out Process

A New England line prospect is still in the process of ordering interested teams, as new levels of interest and offers change his recruiting picture daily.

Jack Shields from Boston, Mass. is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect who is seeing a lot of things happen with his recruitment.

"Vanderbilt has offered and a lot of the small New England schools have offered. I have been talking to West Virginia, Syracuse, Connecticut, Oregon, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. Boston College has not called for months," Shields said. "It is just so scattered. At this moment, I do not have a narrowed down list because I am hearing from a bunch of different schools. I will probably wait a week or two and figure out what the top ones are and go from there."

The two-star athlete played tight end and defensive end in high school, but he is also getting looks for the offensive line after playing more of a blocking role on offense this year.

"I played fine. We had a new coach and a running based offense, so I played a lot of defense. I did pretty well at defense. I feel I stood out more on defense, because I probably got the ball thrown to me a total of 11 times the whole season. I also learned blocking schemes, which may help if I am to play at tackle in college. I was named to the All Catholic Conference team," Shields informed.

"Most of the schools that are talking to me seem to be recruiting me more as an offensive tackle. I just got off the phone with West Virginia, ad they are recruiting me as an offensive tackle. Vanderbilt is also recruiting me as offensive tackle. Oregon is recruiting me as a defensive end. It is really all over the place because some schools are recruiting me as a tight end."

West Virginia is a program that has recently stepped up their efforts to land Shields.

"West Virginia just got my tape and showed it to the offensive line coach and he liked it a lot. They called to see if I would have an interest in them. My tape was at defensive end, but they liked me as a tackle, they said are losing a lot of tackles, and are looking to take four this year. They were asked if I was interested in playing tackle."

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