July 15, 2011

Gedeon holds three early offers

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Already, numerous Ohio prospects in the 2013 class are starting to land some big offers. Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon certainly falls into that category. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect has grabbed three big early offers from Michigan, Penn State, and Tennessee respectively.

"I didn't really expect (the offers)," said Gedeon. "I was just going to play through the season and see what happens from there."

Gedeon broke down what he knows about each of the three schools have offered at this point.

Tennessee - "I was pretty surprised," he said. "I hadn't talked to Tennessee really much at all before they offered. I know they have a lot of tradition and a lot of great players have gone there so it was pretty exciting."

Michigan - "I was pretty excited because I had been talking to coach (Greg) Mattison for a while before they offered," he said. "I went up there for camp and I really liked the camp a lot."

Penn State - "I'd been going up there for their camp for about two years now because our team usually goes up there for their camp," he explained. "I like the campus a lot and I like the coaches."

Those three schools certainly won't be the only schools to pull the trigger on an offer. Gedeon is hearing from numerous programs around the nation.

"I camped at Northwestern, they've showed a lot of interest," he explained. "Boston College, North Carolina, Ohio State have all showed some interest."

Ohio State has been to the school already to check on Gedeon, who keeps in contact with offensive line coach Jim Bollman.

"I've talked to coach Bollman a couple of times," Gedeon said. "He's a good friend of my coach so I've talked to them a lot. I went to their spring game my freshman year so that was fun. (Coach Bollman) says they're very interested and they want to get me down for a game this year and go from there."

For Gedeon, the interest level in Ohio State is mutual.

"Growing up in Ohio, they've always been my favorite team," he said. "So obviously I'm very interested in Ohio State and hope they offer."

Though Bollman has been Gedeon's primary recruiter to this point, the recent hiring of linebackers coach Mike Vrabel could possibly change that. Gedeon hasn't spoken with Vrabel yet but did comment on the hire.

"Obviously he's a well respected guy," Gedeon said. "It would be awesome to play for him and it would be awesome to learn from a guy like that."

While Gedeon grew up an Ohio State fan, he wouldn't go as far as to name any favorite schools at this point and is trying to gather information on all of the schools recruiting him.

"Not really any (favorites) right now," Gedeon said. "Everyone is kind of even. There's still a lot to be seen and people to meet."


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