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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Watch List TE anticipates busy spring

By Chantel Jennings

Watch List tight end Ethan Wolf (Minster, Ohio/Minster) is planning a very busy spring in the hopes that his summer is a bit lighter than last year.

“I’m not sure if I’m going to have to go through the camp circuit again,” Wolf said. “We’re trying to cram in junior days whenever we can … The schools that we can’t get to junior days, we’re going to try and get to for spring practices also. We’re really working to get to as many campuses as we can.”

Wolf holds eight offers from schools like Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati and Pitt and is picking up more interest. This week alone, Purdue, Bowling Green, Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Indiana and Pittsburgh have visited Minster.

The 6-foot-6, 232-pound prospect visited Indiana last weekend and attended the Hoosiers basketball game against Michigan State.

“It was a good atmosphere -- one of the best in the country,” Wolf said of Assembly Hall. “Then we got a tour, met with the strength and conditioning coaches and some academic advisors. Overall, it was a really good trip and something we needed to do just to get to know more about the campus.”

Wolf will get to Louisville next weekend, after finding some open time in his high school basketball schedule, which plays on both Fridays and Saturdays throughout the winter.

Past those two visits, Wolf hopes to take in spring practices everywhere from Stanford to South Carolina to Notre Dame and throughout the Big Ten (Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State).

One of the biggest reasons Wolf is taking so many visits this spring is because it allows more time with the coaches, as opposed to camps in which players are lucky to snag a few minutes of coaches’ time here and there.

The coach-player relationship will be a huge part of Wolf’s final decision, so the earlier he can start building relationships, the better idea he’ll have as he heads down the stretch.

“A lot of schools talk about families and I want to make sure I fit in to their family,” Wolf said. “ … I know it’s all going to change on the field when they’re coaching, but off the field you want to have a coach that you can be around that’ll treat you like family.”