April 26, 2010

Tight race for tight end spots

There is only room for two tight ends in the class of 2011 for the Buckeyes and with three offers on the table there was a bit of a race to grab those spots. Now there is only one after Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier high school star Jeff Heuerman jumped on board with the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder held offers from the likes of Michigan, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina just to name a few of the many offers that had rolled in over the past several months. But ultimately the Buckeyes were able to prevail in the end after hosting Heuerman and his family in Columbus (Ohio) for the Ohio State spring game.

One of the highlights of the trip for the newest Buckeye was seeing the offense using the tight end more in the passing game plan. There have been many great blocking tight ends through the last decade at Ohio State but it has always been a bit of a mystery position when it comes to being a receiving threat. Heuerman was shown some of that new offense with the usage of Jake Stoneburner in the spring game and that suits Heuerman's style just fine on the field.

Heuerman is the second Floridian in the class for the Buckeyes joining Jeremy Cash out of Plantation. The tight end is also the first offensive skill position player of the class joining a bevy of offensive line talent on that side of the ball.

Now the chips could fall quickly when it comes to who will jump into the last spot at tight end for the Buckeyes as Nick Vannett and Ben Koyack both sit on the board. Vannett made a weekend trip along with Heuerman to Ohio State while Koyack was in South Bend (Ind.) to check out the Notre Dame spring game. Heuerman admits that he is excited to have another tight end in the class to join him and knows that Ohio State's future plans will call for more than one tight end.

BuckeyeGrove.com will have more with the newest Buckeye including why he made his decision when he did and ultimately what put the Buckeyes on top when it was all said and done.


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