Orrville (Ohio) linebacker Mason Monheim has seen his offer list reach five schools, but he is hoping to add to that number now that the Spring Evaluation Period has begun. One school he has received positive feedback from is Michigan State.
"I am actually on my way right now to Michigan State for a visit," Monheim said. "They called my coach last week sometime and said I am real high on their board, and they feel I'm one of the top five in the nation. They just want to see me because they don't like to offer somebody without seeing them, so I guess we'll see what happens."
This will be the first visit to East Lansing for the 6-1, 215-pound Monheim, and he is interested in getting the full tour of the campus.
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"I'm just looking forward to seeing what they have," Monheim said. "I have no clue what the facilities and the campus are going to look like, so I'm excited to see all that."
Monheim has no visits planned beyond today's trip to Michigan State, but he did travel to Illinois, Northwestern and Boston College during his spring break earlier this month. The Illini had previously offered, and this was his first time visiting Champaign.
"I was very impressed," Monheim said. "The facilities were extremely nice… the weight room especially. It was huge and just for football. I liked how the stadium, the weight room and the meeting rooms were all in the same area.
"Coach [Ron] Zook is from around Orrville and coached at Orrville, so we caught up with things."
Monheim does not hold offers from Boston College or Northwestern, but was told he would have a chance to earn one at their summer camps.
"They both just said they like everything about me, but they want to see me get out there and move," Monheim said.
Besides Illinois, Monheim holds offers from MAC programs Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Akron. He expects to see more coaches through his school in the next month.
"Nebraska was supposed to come in [Wednesday], but their coach got held up," Monheim said. "There are some more schools supposed coming in the next few weeks, but I don't know exact names."