COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jeff Heuerman has jokes. Such as, where do the tight ends rank among the numerous weapons in Ohio State’s dangerous spread offense, led by the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year? “First,” a smiling Heuerman said. “Ahead of Braxton [Miller].” Heuerman has pranks. His position coach spent a panicked afternoon worrying about a potential arrest after a story was concocted with a pair of staff members about a late-night incident for Heuerman, who then strung Tim Hinton along straightfaced for an extra 10 minutes before pointing out it was April Fool’s Day.
Just as soon as Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) released a top three, he is reconsidering. Of course some of that might have had to do with the fact Mike Vrabel and Ohio State offered the 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end on Tuesday night. Originally naming Notre Dame, Oregon and Vanderbilt his leaders, Bunting now wants to wait things out a bit. “As for the top three, I’ve realized it’s really too early to rank schools,” he said.
Despite being a junior, Jeb Blazevich is a popular prospect. The 2014 Watch List tight end from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian recently hosted several coaches from colleges he is considering. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and tight ends coach Danny Pearman were at the school last week. Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton and Ole Miss tight ends coach Maurice Harris were also recently at the school. Nebraska even tried to make a run at Blazevich, to no avail.
Most people would think that being the son of an NFL tight end coach would result in long, laborious, tactical conversations about the position and schemes. And don’t get it wrong, Watch List wide receiver Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) has had a few of those conversations with his father, Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. But more often, the two will talk about the recruiting process, with Alfredo giving advice to his son about how to handle it as a player.
ESPN Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) named his top six schools on Twitter last week. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior is one of the most coveted targets in the Class of 2014 and that news left 17 programs with lumps of coal in their recruiting stockings. “It is Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ole Miss,” Blazevich said. The Rebels would not have made the cut had Blazevich decided to trim the list before the football season.
Jeb Blazevich released his top six schools Tuesday. The ESPN Watch List prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian said he is primarily considering Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Georgia. The junior tight end has taken visits to all of his six finalists except for Notre Dame this year. He said a trip to South Bend is in the works. Alabama has made a strong recent push for Blazevich. Crimson Tide defensive line coach Chris Rumph was at Blazevich’s school last week.
Junior or not, Jeb Blazevich is ready to pare down the schools he’s considering. The 2014 tight end prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian stated via text message on Wednesday that he plans to cut his many scholarships down to six or seven schools. The ESPN Watch List prospect said he plans to announce the list sometime next week. When asked if there are any schools that will definitely be on the list, Blazevich stated, “I’m going to wait to tell everyone that list after I get a chance to tell all the schools so they don’t find out another way.
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