Minster, Ohio tight end Ethan Wolf has collected close to 20 scholarship offers, and the three-star prospect is ready to make his decision.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Wolf released this statement to Rivals.com Thursday morning:
"I have been extremely fortunate to be recruited by several of the best college football programs in the country the past year. After much consideration and time talking to my family, coaches and friends I have realized that I have some great options right in front of me.
"Like most, I want to go to a team where I feel like they really want me and that I am a priority. Being a TE there are different teams that are looking for different skill sets. Some want just a receiver who can flex, others are looking for a hand in the dirt guy that can set the edge. I am fortunate to be able to do both well and to have great programs that want me to do both in their offense. I love to catch the football and I also love being in the trenches and being physical.
"My final choice will obviously be the team that sees me in that capacity."
Besides how a team would utilize him, Wolf said he is taking into consideration the coaches and support staff, tradition, direction of the program, conference affiliation, and location of the school.
He also will be taking into account his "gut feel," and said the decision is weighing heavily on him.
"Make no mistake, this decision is very hard because there are some awesome people in college football," Wolf said. "The first few boxes on my list of criteria were coach integrity and quality of people. Man, there are just some really good people in this business.
"In the end I can't make my final decision solely on people because things can change really quick. If a program takes off you can lose a staff and obviously if they struggle you can lose them too. My choice will have all the boxes checked off and be the best fit for me.
"Education is important but I have to say that every college on my list has great academic programs and opportunities. Seeing separation there is much harder. In the end though I can't make a mistake because all of the 19 schools I have an opportunity to play for are great opportunities on and off the field."
Wolf concluded by saying he does not have an exact date for announcing his decision, but it would come sometime in April.
The 19 schools that have offered Wolf are Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue, Tennessee, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Central Florida, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo.
Wolf has been making visits to college campuses since before his junior season began. Some of his most recent visits were to Tennessee, Michigan State and Indiana.
Wolf is coming off a junior season in which he caught 43 passes for 580 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is ranked as the No. 17 tight end prospect in the country.
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