O'Brien Schofield has four scholarship offers, plenty of mail and three favorites in mind.
"Right now Wisconsin is No. 1 for me," he said. "Iowa State University No. 2, Penn State No. 3."
Schofield, of North Chicago Community High School, has camped this summer at each of his favorites. He also took part in a Nike Camp in Iowa City and took an unofficial visit to Illinois.
Schofield, who expects to play linebacker in college, currently has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa State, Eastern Illinois and Central Michigan. He is receiving interest from a number of schools, including Penn State, Iowa, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Clemson, South Carolina, Toledo, Kansas and Kentucky. And those are just the schools who regularly send mail, contributing to Schofield's rather full mailbox.
"I get at least 20 things of mail each day," he said. "And my parents are looking because they don't get that much mail anymore like they used to. I have this really big moving box that I put all my letters in."
The 6-foot-3 ½, 225-pounder has been drawing attention for good reason. A defensive end last season, Schofield registered 12 sacks and 13 fumble recoveries, including three he returned for a touchdown. He said he runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, bench presses 315 pounds and has a 37-inch vertical jump. He also has the pedigree, with two NFL cousins: Kansas City defensive end Vonnie Holiday and Seattle receiver Bobby Engram. In addition, his uncle, Andre Carter, played safety for Clemson, starting alongside current Philadelphia All-Pro Brian Dawkins.
Schofield hopes to make a final college decision before Christmas.
"I probably will decide where I'm going to go after this season," he said. "It depends on who else contacts me, if there are any more schools that I like. Because for a moment Florida State was looking at me but I didn't really get no letters. They just kept requesting tape, but never wrote me. I sent three tapes to Florida State."
In contrast, Iowa State and Wisconsin send Schofield a letter almost every day, he said.
Schofield liked similar facets of each school he camped at, noting, "the coaching style, the location, the actual football program, the camp facilities, the academic program" at Wisconsin, Iowa State and Penn State. But he was particularly taken by the Badgers.
"I like each one," he said. "But I love Wisconsin. When I first got there, the coaches really made me feel welcome. I talked to some of the players there that had been there working out. I know that I would feel like a Badger if I went there. It was a very warm place."
Schofield was also impressed with the Camp Randall Stadium reconstruction and liked the fact that Madison is close to his hometown of North Chicago, Ill.
Iowa State, the other favorite that has offered Schofield a scholarship, is very much in the hunt.
"It was real nice," Schofield said regarding the Cyclones. "The only thing I didn't like about it was it's far out. It's not a lot to do. It is like basically in the country… They are a nice school. If it came down to it, and the decision was Iowa State or Wisconsin, it would still probably be Wisconsin, but Iowa State still has a chance."
Schofield plans to give Wisconsin, Iowa State and Penn State official visits and hopes to take all five of his visits, if possible.
In addition to football, Schofield is a power forward on his high school basketball team and he runs the 200 meters, the 800 relay and the 1600 relay for the track team.
Schofield carries a 3.0 grade point average and recently took the ACT for the first time.
O'Brien Schofield has three favorites
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