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Shoff holding out a little longer

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Cambridge (Neb.) offensive tackle Mike Shoff received written offers last month, but is waiting to see what comes about from his early season performances before going forward with selecting his college home.
"I'm thinking after I get some film out I will get a few more [offers]," Shoff said. "I am going to wait until six games [into the season] and then decide. I'm not too worried about it right now and probably won't be for those six games."
Shoff's focus is centered on three schools - the two that have offered, Iowa and Florida International, as well as in-state Big Ten program Nebraska.
"Iowa's standing out by a little bit," Shoff said. "Nebraska was my No. 1 for a very long time, but I don't hold an offer from them. I'm kind of waiting to see what they do, and if they don't offer I will probably end up with Iowa."
Shoff attended camps at both Iowa and Nebraska this summer. He received feedback from both coaching staffs in the weeks following those appearances.
"I went to Iowa on June 18 for their one-day camp," Shoff said. "I felt really great coming out of there. I loved the facilities, the campus and Nile Kinnick Stadium. I loved talking with Coach Morgan and Coach Ferentz. They seemed really glad that I got up there and that I still have a little bit to go, but I looked really good.
"I talked to [Nebraska] Coach [Barney] Cotton in late July. He said I had a good camp and wanted to see what he taught me at camp put into a game situation. Being injured last year I didn't really have any film for them to evaluate."
Florida International rounds out Shoff's top three. He has not forgotten about the Panther's offer heading down the stretch run of his recruitment.
"It's a new program and they have a great coaching staff," Shoff said. They are an up-and-coming program and are a definite top three team for me."
Before making his college selection, Shoff plans to take in game day visits to the schools within driving distance from his home.
"I really would like to make it out to Iowa in the next few weeks and I'm sure I will probably go to Nebraska for their game next week," Shoff said. "I haven't looked a date for Iowa, but with Nebraska I think I am going to go to the Fresno State game."
Shoff and his Cambridge High teammates will head out of state to play their first game of the season this Friday against Oberlin (Kan.) Decatur Community High
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