October 30, 2011

Heuerman blown away by Ohio State

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A handful of big-time juniors from outside the state of Ohio were on hand for Ohio State's huge win over Wisconsin on Saturday night. Among that group was Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier tight end Mike Heuerman. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect is the younger brother of Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman and the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium certainly made an impression on the younger sibling.

"I mean, gosh, I went down to Florida and when I was there I said 'You know what, Ohio State's stadium will not be as loud as Florida's' but that game changed my mind," said Heuerman. "It was great, I loved it man. The fans were great, the atmosphere was amazing."

Heuerman went through the gauntlet of emotions as he watched Braxton Miller's improbable touchdown pass with under a minute left in the game.

"I was just hoping he would get out of bounds to stop the clock," Heuerman said. "When he was running, I was like, 'shoot, he's going to cross the line' and then nobody in the stands knew what they were reviewing but Ohio State came out on top."

Heuerman was able to speak with his brother and some of the other Ohio State players after the game.

"Yeah, I talked to (Jeff)," he said. "They were all loving life. It was great to see, they worked really hard and they've went through a lot of things."

Because of Heuerman's familiarity with the program and the limited amount of time he had to spend with his brother, he didn't get to spend much time speaking with the coaching staff.

"I didn't really talk to any of the coaches," he said. "I just went up there and did my own thing just so I could be able to be with Jeff. It was all about being able to spend time with him."

Heuerman said his trip to Ohio State ranks right up there with any other visit he has taken so far and had plenty of positive things to say about the entire trip.

"It's definitely up there," he said. "I've only been to a few schools. I'm going to Florida State here in a couple weeks. I loved the atmosphere, I loved the people, I loved the coaches, it was really nice being there."

At the moment, it appears that Heuerman is done taking unofficial visits during the football season but he will be out and about once the season is over.

"I'm going to go to that Army All-American Combine," he explained. "I got invited to that so I'm going on like January 5th til the 7th. Then I'll probably go up to LSU and Notre Dame later in the winter."

Heuerman is taking things slow at this early stage as he learns more about some of the programs that are showing interest. There are, however, a few schools that have drawn his attention.

"I like Florida State, I love Ohio State, I like Notre Dame, I like LSU, and I like Clemson and Florida," he said. "That's really all I got right now. I'm not really trying to worry about it too much; I'm just trying to finish my season strong."

Heuerman has a strong relationship with his older brother and while Ohio State certainly seems to be in the mix, he won't base his decision off of his brother being there.

"We don't really talk about that too much," he said. "We have a good relationship; he just wants me to do what I want to do. I'd love to be at Ohio State with him and he'd love me to be there also but it has to be the right fit for me down the road."


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