July 14, 2009

Still six on Schneider's mind

Avon Lake, Ohio tight end Dan Schneider has to feel good about his position these days.

Schneider has received plenty of offers from programs all around the country and recently trimmed his list to six. Four of those six favorites have extended scholarships and Schneider is taking this time to get more acquainted with the coaches and campuses of those schools still on his list.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect now has a list that includes six schools -- Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, West Virginia, Florida State and Indiana. He admits that "it's really more like a top four," because the Wolverines and Buckeyes haven't offered him yet.

"Lately I've hit camps at OSU and Michigan and I also visited both places," Schneider explained. "It remains to be seen whether they'll offer. OSU said they're still evaluating me and Michigan said they need more defensive commits before they throw any more offers out to offensive players. We'll just see what happens.

"I've visited West Virginia and I plan on visiting Pitt soon here. I'll also be visiting West Virginia a second time. I'm looking forward to getting back on campus. This time I'm going with my mom. Last time I went with my dad so I want her to see it. This trip to Pitt will also be a return visit."

As he has said before, Schneider said he wants to make his decision before his senior season if that is possible. If that doesn't happen he will probably take at least a couple of official visits to make his decision a little easier.

He said the four schools that have offered and are still on his list are pretty even at this point.

"Mainly I like them because they all have pretty good academics. That's pretty much what caused them to make the cut.

"You've got Florida State and they're always going to contend for the ACC title. Then with Pitt and West Virginia, they always brawl for the Big East. Both are pretty good programs, too. Indiana has great academics and a great campus, plus great new facilities. So they all have things going for them."

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