Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain offensive lineman Dylan Wiesman has used a productive spring evaluation period to boost his scholarship offer total to nine. An offer from a Big 12 school late last week brought him to his current total.
"West Virginia was actually my most recent offer," Wiesman said. "I was actually kind of surprised that he offered. I knew he had interest in me, but I only talked to him once before he offered."
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Wiesman has yet to visit West Virginia, but is looking to make a trip to Morgantown this summer.
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"I'm planning on going down sometime in June if that works with my lifting schedule," Wiesman said.
Another BCS school to recently join Wiesman's offer list was Duke. The Blue Devils were in around the start of May to extend an offer.
"I was pretty surprised when Coach [John] Latina offered," Wiesman said. "They have been sending me mail since the start of last summer. I knew they had interest in me, but it wasn't anything like high interest. I didn't even know they had my film and hadn't talked to them before."
Not having significant prior contact with Duke prior to the offer, Wiesman is just starting to get to know the Blue Devils' program and sees some pros and cons.
"The academic side of Duke is amazing. People compare it to an Ivy League school," Wiesman said. "Coach Latina wants me to play right tackle... I always thought I would be an interior guy because I'm not too tall. It's like 13 hours from Cincinnati by car, so I don't know how the whole distance thing will work out but I'm glad to see an ACC [offer]."
Although Wiesman is pleased with the list of offers he has been able to accumulate, he understands there are opportunities this summer for him to earn additional offers.
"Ohio State, Tennessee and Indiana all want to see me camp," Wiesman said. "Northwestern does too, but I'm not sure of that right now. Tomorrow evening I am going to sit down with my head coach and my parents and we're just going to see what I will do this summer and get everything planned out."
Depending on how the first few weeks of summer transpire, Wiesman could be in position to make a decision before the summer is out. He has no favorites at this time, but will be addressing that topic in the coming month.
"This whole evaluation period is coming to an end, and now I'm going to use the month of June to get information on all the schools that have showed interest," he said.
"I was hoping to be settled on my decision by sometime in July, but I don't have a problem waiting to decide. I don't want to push anything, but for me the earlier the better so I can just focus on my senior year."