Last weekend he was one of five Florida visitors at the Ohio State Spring game and left Columbus with a pretty good idea where he was heading. After a few days back in Southwest Florida, he knew what he wanted to do, "I committed to Ohio State, I just spoke with Coach Tressel, just about all the coaches, I'm a Buckeye" said Heuerman. "I just really felt at home with the coaches, the team, the players, it is a perfect fit for me."
Heuerman had previously shown strong interest in LSU, Tennessee, and Notre Dame at various times, what separated OSU from the pack? "I really liked all those places, they are great programs and universities, I just fell in love with Ohio State and the city of Columbus."
An interesting dynamic to this decision is that Jeff's father, Paul, played Center in basketball at Michigan of all places, and Jeff had strong interest in the Wolverines, "I'm pretty sure my father will be on my side now, at least I would hope so. I think my skill set is better suited at Ohio State than at Michigan, it was something I have thought a lot about, the way I can see myself being used and contributing, I think that style of offense is Ohio State."
It is expected that OSU will be taking two Tight Ends in this class, "Yes, I think that they are planning to take another player, Nick Vannett and Ben Koyack are two that I think are very interested. All the schools I looked at had competition, here in Florida we compete, that is what I intend to do at Ohio State, compete, and try to help the team."
How solid is this commitment? "100%. I know this is the college for me, fortunately I went out and saw a lot of places, and know what I really wanted in a school. I found it. I can't be happier. I can now focus on getting bigger, stronger, faster and having a great senior season. We've been in the playoffs all three years I have been here, but have not had much success, it is time to change that this year. We have a tough district that we want to win again, I definitely want to beat Naples."
The people of Columbus should get used to seeing Heuerman, "Oh yeah, I will get up there at least once probably twice in the summer, I'll probably get to two or three games as well."
Jeff Heuerman Highlights