Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore linebacker Tinashe Bere picked up his first scholarship offer of the process from Illinois before his junior season started. The 2014 prospect has since added four more offers, with his most recent Big Ten tender coming from Iowa.
"Iowa [offered] two or three weeks ago," Bere said. "I was really excited because Iowa is a big school in the Big Ten. It kind of caught me by surprise. I was getting the regular mail talking about their program, but since then we have been talking and I have been getting handwritten mail.
"I just want to get up there and see it… it sounds pretty cool. I haven't been there yet, so I just want to see what it is all about."
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Bere has not been able to schedule many junior day visits because of his responsibilities with wrestling. Bere started the season wrestling the 220-pound class, but has since been able to get down to the 195-pound class. His record on the season is 31-3.
The one school Illinois has been able to visit for a junior day this winter was Illinois, and it was not his first time being in Champaign.
"That was like my third time being there, and it went pretty well," Bere said. "I like the fact that they are getting new jerseys and designs the year I am going to be [a freshman] in college.
Besides Iowa and Illinois, Bere has also been offered by Bowling Green, Kent State and Purdue, though the Purdue offer came back in November and he has not heard from the new coaching staff in West Lafayette.
While most of his interest has come from Big Ten and MAC schools, Bere is reporting new interest from Georgia Tech and Louisville.