Ebensburg (Pa.) Bishop Carroll tight end Jeff Minemyer came back from his trip last week to West Virginia without a decision. Going into the visit the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder was close to a commitment with the Mountaineers, but what occurred on his visit and where does he go from here?
"It was a good visit, I had my mom, dad, little brother and sister with me and I set up an official visit with them for the Louisville game on October 15th," he said. "I got to sit down with coach Hand and coach Rodriguez for an hour. We talked about our families, football in general, the campus and pretty much everything. The campus there is beautiful and I really like how we were treated. My mom had a good time and it was a nice day."
Was there anything that detracted from his trip?
"I went in with a lot of questions and most important was how they use their tight ends," he said. "They told me they mainly use them as blockers because they've never had an athletic tight end that could catch 25 passes a season. Usually their players are big guys like offensive tackles, but now they say they have tight ends they want to get the ball to.
"One of them is senior tight end Josh Bailey, he's athletic, and then they have three juniors behind him. The coaches are looking to try to get the ball more to him this season. That's why I want to wait a little before I decide because by the time of the Louisville game, that's the seventh game of the season and I can see if they're throwing to the tight end or not."
Obviously being a receiving tight end and the possibility of early playing time is important to Minemyer.
"The coaches told me that I'll come in and redshirt me freshman year and then as a redshirted freshman I'll play in their double tight end sets and get in a lot," he said. "Redshirting is fine with me and that will allow me more time to get stronger and get my body ready for the game. The jump from high school to college is a big difference."
The other school that is pulling second to West Virginia is Rutgers.
"They've got a flex out guy, Clark Harris, who's an excellent tight end and a good blocker," he said. "They want me to fill his position and I think I could be a better blocker than he was, but right now he's better at catching the ball than me. That's something I can work on though. I think I'm going to call them this week and set up an official with them for either the West Virginia or Pittsburgh home game. The thing about Rutgers I want to see this year though is if they start winning games."
Two other schools that could see visits from Minemyer are Duke and Michigan State although that's purely speculation by the prospect.
The No. 23 player in Pennsylvania hauled in six receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown last season. He added 55 tackles, six for loss and two sacks as he was named second team all-area.
Minemyer is also a solid student with a 4.0 GPA and 1070 SAT.