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A Cincinnati offensive lineman is taking a methodical approach to the recruiting process as he takes every opportunity to learn about the schools on his list.

"I have gone to several spring practices to see how the coaches work with the players and learn about the school," Anderson High School's Mark Wetterer said after paing a visit to West Virginia this past weekend. "I have been to Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame this spring as well."

On those trips, Wetterer pays close attention to the practice and drills he is exposed to. He believes that is one of the best ways to learn about the people and coaches he potentially would be working with, and he has built up a good bit of information to date. His spring travels are but the first phase, however, of the recruiting process for the methodical lineman.

"I plan to go to at least one day of summer camp at every school I visited during the spring," said Wetterer, who plays both left tackle on offense and tackle on defense for Anderson. "It's another chance to see how the coaches work with you, and how I will get along with them. Plus, there's the chance to learn a lot from different people. I have gotten an idea of how the coaches I've seen so far do that, but I want to see more of it."

Although he isn't done looking at his schools of interest, and says he is still open in the recruiting process, the two-way lineman did have good things to say about West Virginia.

"I liked it a lot, and was really impressed with what I saw there. It was my first time at West Virginia, so I didn't really know what to expect. I was impressed with all the facilities, and the coaches were very nice. I liked Coach Trickett too – I think he is good."

"When I watched practice, it was really organized," Wetterer continued. "I thought they were very efficient in the way they ran things."

One advantage for the Mountaineers in their recruitment of Wetterer is the fact that they run the same offense as Anderson High does. That means that the big lineman is familiar with many of the pass blocking techniques and zone blocking schemes used in the spread, which would make his transition to WVU easier than it might be at another school. However, that's not the only factor that will come into play when he makes his decision.

"Really, the education I will get is the first thing I am looking for," said Wetterer when asked about the things he is looking for in his college choice. "I'd like to major in criminal justice or education. It's still early for me [in the recruiting process], and I plan to continue looking around to see what I like. But I really do like West Virginia."


Wetterer, as befits his thoughtful approach, is a technician on the field. He is an advanced pass blocker, in part due to Anderson's passing game, and has solid leg drive. He does admit that he wants to improve his run blocking, and plans to work on that during his senior season.

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Playing left tackle on offense, Wetterer earned all conference and all southwest Ohio honors as a junior, and is poised to add more awards during his senior season. He also plays defensive tackle, but believes that the offensive side of the ball is where his future lies in college

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Wetterer has not set a timetable for his decision yet, and it likely won't be at least until fall before he begins narrowing down his list and making his choice.

"I will definitely take my official visits, but when I figure it out I will make the call," he said. "If I have to wait to do that, it's not a problem."

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