Toledo (Ohio) St. John's offensive guard Ben Burkett is one of the better offensive line prospects in Ohio for the class of 2007, and he already has the scholarship offers on his resume to prove it.
With offers from Akron, Miami of Ohio and Toledo already, Burkett's name is sure to be a hot topic during the spring evaluation period. And that's something he doesn't mind at all.
"I've been pretty busy with baseball, but it'll be good to hear more from some colleges," he said. "I've been so busy with baseball, that I've not been able to get to many schools. Baseball has been keeping me pretty busy. I'm also getting recruited a little bit for baseball.
"It's pretty slow right now, but I'm definitely going for it. I would like to play both in college. That'd be great."
Over the next couple of weeks, expect college coaches to come flocking to Toledo to see Burkett. And honestly, he doesn't care who comes to see him as long as they do.
"Anybody that's interested in me, that would be great," he said. "I will talk to anybody that shows interest. I grew up a Purdue fan, so I'm always interested in them, but I'm keeping a lot of my options open now."
Burkett will camp this summer at the NIKE Training camp in Columbus, Bowling Green, Toledo and some of the bigger Big 10 schools.
With offers on the table already, he does think each school has good things to bring him.
"I'm really interested in Miami, and have heard a lot of good things about them from kids that have graduated from my high school that went there," he said. "I'm looking forward to going down there some time soon.
"Toledo is a school that's always in the back of my mind. They offered me early in the season, and I know a lot of people there. I really like the people there. I think it would be good to go there. Akron is a school I don't know too much about. I have talked to the coaches quite a bit, and I plan to get familiar with the school soon."
Other schools that are showing interest include Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue and Indiana.