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Ohio lineman hitting the road

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Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy offensive lineman Kenton Playko has three offers and dozens of schools showing interest. The 6-5, 270-pound prospect does not plan on wasting any time delving into his recruiting process, and has several visits scheduled over the next few weeks.
"Right now I am going to a lot of junior days and camps," Playko said. "Tomorrow I will be going to Bowling Green, this weekend I am going to the University of Buffalo and next Monday I am going to Michigan. The weekend after that I will be going to West Virginia and Michigan State."
Playko picked up his first offer last summer from Toledo. That was followed by an offer from Buffalo two weeks ago, and his third offer just came through on Wednesday.
"Today I was just offered by Miami of Ohio," Playko reported. "I actually went down to their campus, got a tour of campus and really got to see the place. It was very nice. Then I talked to the head coach and he offered me. They said they liked my technique and the fact that my feet continue to move. They also said they liked my love for the game and they can tell I really want to play football."
Other than the schools he is visiting or holds offers from, Playko is also hearing from the likes of Boston College, Duke, Akron, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Princeton, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Oregon, Stanford and Kentucky. Several of those schools are high academic institutions, and Playko has earned their interest by carrying a 3.89 GPA in the classroom and scoring a 25 on his ACT.
Playko is not resting on his laurels this off-season. He is already preparing for his senior season and working to add strength and weight.
"This winter I am purely in the weight room and doing agilities here and there," Playko said. "I am continuing to gain muscle mass and continuing to get stronger. Right now I am at 270 and I am hoping to at least get to 285 by the beginning of the summer."
Playko helped lead Olentangy High to a 6-4 record last season, earning honorable mention all-conference honors for his play at the tackle position, which is where most college coaches project him.
"At the moment, college coaches are just mainly talking about tackle," Playko said. "I've had one or two mention defensive end to me. This past season I didn't play any defense at all, but this upcoming season my coach has been talking to me about playing a little defense. Right now, I would play anywhere that is needed."
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