Three-star Howell, Mich., tight end Pete Cender has put on strong performances at the U.S. Army Junior Combine and the Adidas Invitational this off-season. Now, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cender is starting to see the dividends in the form of scholarship offers.
Cender picked up an offer early in the process from Western Michigan, and on Wednesday added his second from the Air Force Academy. He comes from a military family - his father was a Marine - and the opportunity to study and play football at a military academy appeals to him.
"It's something that gets me excited," he said. "It would just be an unreal opportunity to get a good education and serve my country, so I am definitely considering it strongly."
After the schools that have already offered, Cender said he has been receiving strong attention recently from both Iowa and Cincinnati.
"Iowa is interested: they said they like how I move and how I am versatile," Cender said. "So did Cincinnati and I could definitely see myself playing at both of those schools."
Cender does not expect to take any campus visits until the start of summer camp season, but he has already made trips out to Syracuse, Cornell, Iowa and Missouri.
"We are pretty much done visiting schools until the summer camps.
"It went really well at Syracuse and they said I am one of the tops on their list and I have a good chance of getting an offer there," Cender said. "Syracuse is definitely high, I like them a lot and I think that would also be a good place to play."
Being the first team to offer, Western Michigan is a school that will not be soon forgotten by the three-star tight end.
"I still like the Broncos. They are the first one, so there's a little loyalty," Cender said. "Hopefully I can get a few more offers and mull things over in my head to find the best place to play. It will be a long process."