So much for a break on spring break.
Minneapolis (Minn.) Wayzata athlete Fritz Rock and family decided instead of spending time hanging out at home or taking a vacation, he would use his spring break to tour some of the top colleges on his list. The tour hit nine schools and drew two new scholarship offers for the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder.
"I visited Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan State and Northern Illinois," Rock said. "I got two new offers from Cincinnati and Northern Illinois, so I guess our tour really worked to my advantage. I'm now at four offers to go along with the offers from Indiana and Minnesota."
Rock said the new offers were definitely exciting.
"When I went to Cincinnati, I met all the coaches, the staff and everything," he said. "I said down with the offensive coordinator, and had a perfect vibe with him. He said he got a good vibe with me, too. He said he was real impressed with the way I carry myself and it was pretty much the same thing at Northern Illinois.
"I guess I impressed them with how polite and confident I was. I really respected that about those schools."
Rock said he was impressed with all the schools he visited, but he came away pretty excited with Michigan State and Ohio State.
"I loved Michigan State and Ohio State, and they're right up there with Minnesota, too, but I loved Michigan State a lot," he said. "I liked Tennessee, too, a little bit, but it was a little further away from home. As far as my No. 1, 2 and 3, I would say I'm interested most in Ohio State, Louisville and Minnesota, but I'm still open."
Especially if a school like Michigan State steps up and offers a scholarship.
"I loved everything about their campus," he said. "The campus, the academics and plus it's in the Big Ten. The facilities were nice, and they're building some new things. It's an up-and-coming program. I can see myself there. They told me they liked me at receiver.
"Some schools are thinking about me at defensive back, because of my size, but Michigan State was all about playing me at receiver. The coach (Mark Staten) didn't really want to give me an offer while I was there. He said they only were going to have about 16 kids in the class, and they wanted to sit back and wait. He said they weren't the type of school that just throws out an offer. He said he was going to come to my school in May and to just wait for the process to play out."
Purdue is another school that could move up.
"Purdue definitely is up there, too," he said. "They wanted to give me an offer, but they want to wait for the process to play out and see how the transition in coaches works."