The nation's No. 1 tight end in the 2016 class is Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller's Jake Hausmann, who used this summer to get more familiar with Ohio State and Notre Dame, and is already planning return visits to both schools.
"I was up at Ohio State for Friday Night Lights camp," Hausmann said. "I wasn't working out, I was just talking to recruits.
"My other visits there went great, but I didn't get a chance to talk to other recruits who are going to be going there. It was fun talking to them and seeing why they picked Ohio State. They are really excited about it."
Among the Ohio State commits Hausmann had a chance to spend time chatting with during the late-July visit to the campus were Tyler Gerald, Nick Conner, Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell and Joe Burrow.
The school Hausmann visited immediately prior to Ohio State was Notre Dame. The four-star tight end already had a good vibe with the Irish, and that feeling grew during his most recent stop by campus.
"I love Notre Dame. It is a lot like Moeller - a private, Catholic school," Hausmann said. "They really push the academics side, which is great. It is an awesome campus, I love the coaches and they use the tight end, so it is really all you're looking for in a school."
Summer camp has started at Moeller and that has Hausmann's full attention for the remainder of the month, but once the season starts he plans to start scheduling college game visits.
"I am really looking at Ohio State and Notre Dame right now for games," Hausmann said. "I'm not really looking at too many other schools for games right now just because of my schedule for football, but I am definitely going to get to two Ohio State and Notre Dame games each."
While the familiarity with Notre Dame and Ohio State is high, Hausmann does not list any teams to beat at this stage of his recruitment.
"Those are just the teams I grew up watching and have had the most contact with recently," Hausmann said. "Really, anyone is fair game right now."
Visits to Northwestern and Wisconsin were also taken this summer. Those two programs along with a dozen others have already offered the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Hausmann.
"I think I want to commit decently early, about next spring or summer," he said. "I don't want to drag it out and I think it is only fair to see the schools I want to and the schools that have the most interest in me."
As a sophomore, Hausmann played with another Division I tight end on Moeller's offense -- Cincinnati class of 2015 commit Doug Bates -- but still caught 20 passes for 220 yards and three scores. Besides being the No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2016 class, he also checks in at No. 33 in the initial Rivals100 presented by Under Armour.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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