Zac Rosenbauer certainly does not have the most impressive scholarship offer list in Ohio. But, considering the injuries he has fought through while playing hours from the talent hotbeds of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Rosenbauer's three MAC offers are an impressive feat.
The 6-foot-2 linebacker from Lima (Ohio) Shawnee recently added Toledo to his offer list that included Akron and Bowling Green.
Rosenbauer broke his collar bone during a scrimmage his junior season, came back in game six, re-injured his collarbone in the first quarter, fought through the pain until halftime, but was taken out for the rest of the season. Therefore, game film has been scarce until this season.
"I sent out film of my first five games to some schools, and Toledo offered off of that," Rosenbauer said. "I think right now my favorite is Toledo, hands down. I really like the staff up there. I think the program is heading in the right direction. Academically, they push their kids. I went to one of their spring practices, it was the most upbeat practice I have been to."
Rosenbauer said he sent tapes to Boston College and Connecticut.
"I expect to hear from UCONN soon," Rosenbauer said. "The head coach is supposed to check out the film soon and I could hear from them by next week about whether or not I will be offered. Boston College is stopping by my school next week. I think they could be close to offering. Coach [Ben] Sirmans saw me at track district finals last year in Toledo. He saw me run the 100 meters. Mike Dawson, their special teams coordinator, offered me while he was at Akron. Now he is at Boston College. I think both coaches want to offer me, but they have to show the film to the defensive coordinator and the defensive coach first. They have to be convinced before they offer. If Connecticut or Boston College offers, I will go check out those schools.
Rosenbauer is fortunate to have senior film to send out to schools. He camped at West Virginia this summer, and dislocated his knee cap during one-on-one drills. He had surgery at Ohio State and was able to return to playing strength for Shawnee's first game this season.
"I was having a great camp at West Virginia. I ran a 4.6 or 4.7 forty, I was doing well in drills. They asked me to send them film, which I did. I have not returned to full speed quite yet. I am playing at 90 to 95 percent in terms of speed and explosion."
Rosenbauer said he is up to about 250 pounds. At 6-foot-2, he said most schools are looking to move him down to defensive end.
"They are thinking I will be 275 pounds and can play a stand up, rush end type role, and drop into coverage," Rosenbauer said. "Some schools say mike linebacker, but most are saying I will grow into a defensive end. Toledo says I can be like a Thaddeus Gibson at Ohio State, a player that can come off the edge, but also get back into coverage."