Pompano Beach (Fla.) Highlands Christian tight end Gabe Hantsbarger has racked up two early offers - Western Michigan and Toledo. The 6-foot-5, 217-pound prospect has been drawing interest from a trio of other schools during his recruitment.
"Lately just FAU but during last season and the spring I was getting interest from FIU," Hantsbarger said. "I had also talked to Georgia a little bit after going up there for camp. They just said they want to see me throughout this season."
This summer, Hantsbarger visited both Florida Atlantic and Georgia for a camp.
"Up at Georgia I saw all of the football facilities and had a chance to talk with Coach Mark Richt. I saw everything there," Hantsbarger said. "At FAU I saw most of their stuff and got to see what they are doing to their stadium which isn't done yet. I also talked to most of the coaches but not the head coach."
At this time, he knows of one school he is likely to visit again in the coming weeks and months.
"I haven't set up anything official but FAU has invited me back, they want me to come to a few practices and when they open up their new stadium on October 15th, which is my birthday, so they want me to come to that game," Hantsbarger said.
At this time, Howard Schnellenberger's Owls are in a good position with Hantsbarger, despite their lack of an offer.
"Right now I am thinking that I would like to stay in or near Florida," Hantsbarger said. "So I am thinking right now that it would be FAU, but they haven't offered."
Hantsbarger, who is a big tight end that can be flexed out as a receiving option in a spread offense, is holding out hope his senior season may spur further interest. With that in mind, he says he is in no rush to make a commitment.
"I am hoping that we make the playoffs and go pretty far and that it may lead to more interest from more schools," Hantsbarger said.
As a junior, Hantsbarger had 63 receptions for 878 yards and nine touchdowns.