Ohio Linebacker Sets Up Visits

Ohio Linebacker Sets Up Visits

Over his spring break, Orrville (OH) three-star linebacker Mason Monheim won't have any time for a vacation. Instead, Monheim plans on spending his break on the road, visiting potential schools.

During his week off, Mason Monheim will make stops at Northwestern, Illinois, and Boston College. Before that, he will stop by Michigan for a weekend visit with the Wolverines.

Thus far, Monheim has offers from Illinois, Kent State, Miami (OH), and Youngstown State, with strong interest from Northwestern along with Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and a list of others.

Recently, Monheim has heard more and more from Northwestern, and is hearing that an offer from the Wildcats may come soon. Monheim has been in touch with NU recruiting coordinator Adam Cushing, and has received mail and Facebook messages from the coaching staff. As things progress, the linebacker is growing more interested in NU.

"I know it's a really prestigious school with great academics, so I really like them," Monheim said.

His visit to Northwestern will be a one-day stop on Friday, April 1st. The Wildcats do offer something that is very important to the stellar student: academics.

While Monheim admits he doesn't know much about NU, he knows all about their academics.

"I don't know a whole lot, I just know it's one of the best academic schools in the Big Ten, and nationally too," he said.

When evaluating his options, Monheim wants to see more than strong academics. He wants to see how each coach and football program values academics. By that, he means how each program allows time for academics, and what kind of academic support is offered.

"That will be big in my decision," Monheim said. "It's not always football; you got to work hard in academics too.

As a sophomore, Monheim recorded 100 tackles sophomore year. So how did he follow that up as a junior? 190 tackles--13.5 tackles per game--including 36 tackles for a loss. He reports a 3.98 GPA.

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