Jeff Rieskamp continues to add scholarship offers to his ever growing list. Boston College was the latest to vie for Jeff's services by making its official offer on Friday. Jeff now has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, West Virginia, Miami of Ohio, Ball State, Ohio University, Akron and Boston College.
Common sense would suggest that Michigan State is about to lose any appeal it may have had after this week's announcement that John L. Smith will be replaced after the season, but there are few certainties in recruiting. "Yeah. I look at that, but I really haven't had the chance to call any of the coaches or anything so I'm not going to say anything. But I'm still going to call up there."
No leader has been named, but Cincinnati certainly seems to be in the thick of this recruiting race. "Coach Hinton was going to call me back. I couldn't make it for a visit in December so he was going to have me take my visit during the Rutgers weekend (November 18). I want to get all five of my visits in." In addition to visiting the Bearcats, Jeff said he was also considering visits to Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, West Virginia and Boston College.
With eights schools presently wooing Rieskamp and knowing he can make only one coach happy, how tough is this decision becoming? "I'm just trying to be as honest as I can with people. I don't want to leave anything out recruiting wise. I'm trying to keep the coaches updated."
Jeff admits he's a bit undersized for a Division IA defensive lineman, but he's not really surprised that he's getting so much attention from recruiters. "I always knew I could play. I just had to prove myself to people. I think I always knew I had the potential. I just had to go out there and show people what I had. I'm somewhat undersized, but I always knew I could play with anybody."
Is Jeff surprised that schools would wait until November to make an offer? "Actually, I've been talking to Boston College for a real long time, and I was surprised they didn't offer. I went to their camp going into my junior year, and they showed interest. But they never offered so I was surprised."
Cincinnati‘s football attendance is no where near that of the other BCS schools recruiting Jeff. How much will he consider fan support when making this decision? "I was real impressed with Cincinnati's performance in all the games they've played so far, and I think they're ready to go into action. I think they'll really bust out next year. They're playing real well. As far as the crowds and attendance goes, I think as the program develops, the crowds will come so I'm not too worried about it."
One commodity Cincinnati would seem to offer is a defense well suited to Jeff's attributes run by an enthusiastic coordinator-Pat Narduzzi. But Jeff indicated he'll be basing his decision more on the college itself than any defensive scheme. "Any college that has high intensity is fun, but I just love football in general so I'll pick the college that's for me. I'm not too committed on any one college yet, but I really do like Michigan State and that worried me when I heard about the coach. I'm going to keep going around and looking around. I think I'll get the right feel for a college."
Jeff's has relied on his family for guidance throughout this process. "My brother and my sister were real good swimmers and got recruited real heavily so I'm kind of basing my decision on what they did, but football is kind of a new thing in my family. I'm the first football player so I don't have anything to base football off of."
Bearcat Insider will check back with Jeff after his visit to Cincinnati on November 18th.