Jeff Rieskamp Playing A Waiting Game

Jeff Rieskamp @ the Crosstown

One of the top defensive linemen in the Greater Cincinnati area this year is Jeff Rieskamp of Elder High School. Jeff was proactive this summer attending a number of camps and combines and presently has four scholarship offers: Cincinnati, Michigan State, Ball State and Ohio University.

However Bearcat fans should not expect a decision any time soon. Jeff explained his plan of attack. "I want to go around and see a game at each place to see the atmosphere and the campus, and then I'll probably narrow it down."

When asked specifically about Cincinnati, Jeff sounded very interested in attending the hometown school. "I really like UC a lot. They're definitely in my top three or top two."

Doubled team all game long against Cov-Cath

Jeff's list of schools is pretty varied with two BCS schools-Michigan State from the Big 10 and Cincinnati of the Big East and two MAC schools in Ohio University and Ball State. When asked about the other BCS school, Michigan State, Jeff did mention a drawback before talking about the task at hand with Elder. "Yeah, they're attractive, but it is six hours away. Right now I've been thinking more about Elder football and really haven't had a chance to think about anything other than Elder right now. I‘m going to have to sit down and think about it a little more before I start narrowing my choices."

 

On this double-team Jeff looks stopped, but

Still he makes the tackle

Jeff has not set a rigid timeline for making a decision of this magnitude. "I'll just see how I feel after I go to the colleges. I don't really have any kind of time frame."

Jeff is the youngest child of five and the only one still living at home. Cincinnati could have an advantage since it would be easy for Jeff's parents and family to see him regularly and attend games.

As Jeff looks at the GCL race this season, he believes the Elder/LaSalle game might decide the thing. "Personally, I think we're going to have a real good team this year, and our defense is going to be really solid. Our offense had maybe some nerves last week (13 points against Cov. Cath), but in practice they're stellar. I think Moeller and X will be good games, and I think the LaSalle match will determine how well we do."

Many players start to drop some weight in the hot weather and two-a-day practices, but Jeff said he's keeping 230 pounds on his 6‘ 3" frame. All the schools recruiting Jeff are looking at him as a defensive end. "At the camps, everyone told me that I'd be playing defensive end." The Bearcat starting defensive ends this year are Trevor Anderson at 260 pounds and Anthony Hoke at 245 pounds. Jeff was asked what weight he needs to gain to play at the college level. "I'd like to be at 255 or 260. I don't see any reason I can't get up that high. I've tried to stay fast this season, but I think I'll keep gaining weight as a go along and be able to maintain my speed and quickness."

This is a semi-"quiet" period for college coaches. They cannot call recruits until September 1st, but all schools are staying in touch with their prospects through text messages. "Usually I get one or two a week. It's not like every day or every hour. Coach Hinton will text me and find out how I'm doing. Michigan State texts me and Tennessee sometimes." Jeff attended a camp in Tennessee this summer, and although he hasn't received a scholarship offer, the Vols are staying in touch. Ex-Bearcat coach, Dan Enos is primarily responsible for recruiting Jeff to Michigan State, but Jeff said he also gets some text messages from Spartan head coach, John L. Smith.

Bearcat Insider will check back with Jeff as the season progresses.

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