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Layne contemplates fall visits

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One of the Midwest's most-watched class of 2016 prospects this season will be Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine wide receiver Justin Layne, but which colleges will the four-star be watching this fall?
"I definitely want to go to an Ohio State game, a Michigan game, a Michigan State game and I want to get to a Penn State game," Layne said. "It's kind of hard to get down to SEC games, but that would be nice."
One SEC school Layne does have a connection with is Florida, which has already offered and where his teammate, Jerome Baker, committed earlier this summer.
"It depends on what he does because if he goes, most likely I'll go," Layne said. "We definitely want to go together after the season and make trips down there."
Of the Big Ten schools Layne mentioned, all but Ohio State have offered. The in-state prospect did attend their Friday Night Lights camp at the end of July, but was limited in his participation.
"I ended it early because my achilles was hurting," Layne said. "I got a little bit (of time with the coaches) in, but they were really busy with the players. I was mainly just watching. I'd love to have an offer from Ohio State."
Seven schools have offered Layne thus far and more are showing interest, but addressing his recruitment and scheduling college visits is down his list of priorities at this stage of the process.
"I haven't talked it over with my dad; I'm just trying to get this school year started off strong," Layne said. "I know Notre Dame has been talking to me. That's a school I will look into more during the off-season."
Layne is looking to improve upon a sophomore season in which he tallied 25 receptions and scored nine touchdowns. He is up over 20 pounds from last season and now measures 6-foot-1, 181 pounds.
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