- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Mason (Ohio) safety Corey Quallen spent the summer making visits and adding a few offers, but his college decision could come down to grayshirting at a BCS school or a scholarship at a MAC program.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound recruit has FBS offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo. He is also talking with a few Big Ten programs, one of which is Wisconsin. The Badgers are talking to Quallen about possibly grayshirting.
“My recruiting area coach told me if they would have seen me earlier before other kids committed they would have offered,” Quallen said. “They said they need to see who can graduate during the summer to see if they can clear a scholarship or what not. They said if not a possible grayshirt is on the table.”
Would Quallen take a grayshirt over a scholarship from a MAC program?
“To be honest, I’m not completely sure,” he said.
The Badgers are tied atop Quallen’s leaderboard, though. Joining Wisconsin is Toledo, which has offered. Kentucky (no offer) and Ohio are also among his favorites.
During the summer, Quallen made it up to Toledo’s campus.
“It was good, liked the campus,” he said. “It’s not really downtown but more of an urban setting and I like that. They’re definitely one of the top MAC teams.”
Toledo is often considered as one of the best recruiting teams in the MAC, and much of that has to do with the generally younger coaching staff. Quallen received a firsthand look at that this summer.
“I like the coaches, they’re all young and are all pretty cool dudes I thought,” Quallen said.
Quallen has not set any official visit dates, but plans to take at least three. He said Ohio and Toledo will likely receive official visits.
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