Baltimore (Md.) Perry Hall tight end Dave Stinebaugh hauled in his first scholarship recently from the MAC. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is getting plenty of looks from other schools as well.
"I got my first offer last week or the week before from Akron," he said. "That was huge. I went a long time and other players from league were getting offers. I felt like mine should be coming soon. Finally, Akron offered and it's a big relief. I've got the first one out of the way.
"I know they are a big school on the rise. They built a new 61 million dollar complex. They play in the MAC which is a good conference and they have a good coaching staff."
Akron is the first school to pull the trigger, plenty of other programs are taking note.
"In the last couple weeks I've heard from Syracuse, Michigan State, Army, Rutgers, Connecticut and Wake Forest," he said. "Probably the first big school I ever took notice of was Syracuse.
"I'm still a Syracuse fan. I started liking them because I'm a big lacrosse fan and their team was really good. They won the national championship. There is something about them, it's a nice place and they play on an indoor field. One of only a few in college."
Earlier this spring Stinebaugh visited Rutgers and Maryland. He plans to head to Connecticut, Syracuse and Wake Forest for one day camps in the near future.
What does the Baltimore tight end want in a college?
"I want a school where it doesn't just revolve around coming to school, going to class, playing football and going home," he said. "I want something with the coaching staff, a football team and an environment that is like a family. I want to be able to hang out with them."
Stinebaugh put together a big season for Perry Hall last year registering 1,053-yards receiving and 16 touchdowns.
"Earlier in the year against St. Paul I had three touchdowns and that opened some eyes," he said. "Teams started to play me and defenses revolved around me.
"I definitely improved from that. I got bigger and faster. I learned how to read what kind of different zones there were and adjust to the defenses. I think my versatility really stuck out. I can not only play tight end, but also split out at wide receiver or come in and block."