Schoenecker hopes to get more looks

Central Lakes (Minn.) doesn't put out a lot of top football talent, but they have a productive wideout who deserves more attention than he's getting. WR Nate Schoenecker (5-11, 175) is on the small side, but he's got big-play abilities and he had an outstanding 2007 season. Read on to find out more about this gifted wide receiver and what makes him the special playmaker that he is...

"I'm not very big so I think that's probably why I haven't gotten a lot of attention," Schoenecker told earlier this week. "My coaches said I need to find the right offense to play in, but I think I can play in almost any offense a school needs me to, I just need a chance to show what I can do."

Schoenecker played his high school ball at a small-school in Minnesota and didn't get much attention coming out as a senior in 2006.

"The University of North Dakota was really the only school to give me a look, so I decided to come to Central Lakes and see if I could get some more interest and expose myself to some bigger schools," Schoenecker recalled. "I've had a lot of fun here and we have a great offense to play in and the coaches here have really helped me develop this year in how I run my routes, how I needed to get stronger and they helped me work on my release and footwork so I can get into my routes much easier."

For the season Schoenecker ended up with 81 receptions for 1,129 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named first-team All-Conference and All-Region and has also been nominated to the All-American team.

"I played mostly out of the slot, but they used me out wide too," Schoenecker said. "I can do either and be pretty effective. I think I'm pretty good at reading defenses and I've gotten a lot stronger so I can really beat the jam at the line and get through zone traffic when I need to."

As far as recruiting, Schoenecker is getting more interest than he did in high school, but not much more.

"Northern Colorado is the 1AA school that I'm hearing from," Schoenecker said. "They have a good squad and I like their offense. I got them some film pretty recently and we've talked about a visit.

"I've also been talking to some small schools and NAIA schools, but right now that's about it.

"I just got some film ready for some other schools who have asked for it. Schools like Minnesota-Duluth, Winona State and North Dakota State all called and wanted film so we'll see what happens."

Schoenecker qualified out of high school so he can leave in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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