March 5, 2012

Ericksen on the radar

Ohio is known for producing great offensive line prospects and the 2013 class looks to have plenty of quality players to choose from once again. Carrollton product Stephen Ericksen is among the better interior offensive linemen in the class and the 6-foot-4, 275-pound center finds himself on the radar of several Division I college programs.

"I don't have any offers yet but I've talked to Toledo, Kent State, West Virginia, Yale, and I get letters from all over the place," explained Ericksen. "I get a lot of stuff from Wisconsin and Michigan State."

Two weekends ago, Ericksen hit up two of the schools that are showing the most interest for their junior days in Kent State and Toledo.

"(Kent State) was good," he said. "I talked to coach (Jon) Heacock and coach (Chris) Bache. Right when I got up there they tried to explain their recruiting process to me and they told me that all of the guys' film that they like ends up on the head coach's desk before they offer. They told me that my film would be on the head coach's desk."

Ericksen also got plenty of attention from the Toledo coaching staff while on his visit to the Glass City.

"(Toledo) was good, I liked it," he explained. "I met the coaches and I toured the campus a little bit and got to look at some of the facilities. I talked to the offensive line coach Tom Manning. He told me that they were very interested in me and that he talked to their head coach (Matt Campbell) and that he was pretty interested in me too."

On the field, Ericksen is coming off a strong junior season and he's working hard this off-season to continue to solidify his areas of strength as well as improving on any perceived weaknesses.

"It went good," he said. "I was second team all-district. I think my footwork is probably one of my best traits. I'm trying to get a little bit more explosive."

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