March 27, 2012

Ohio lineman has BCS schools in his sights

Dylan Wiesman has his sights set on playing in the Big Ten Conference or the Big East Conference.

However, his only scholarship offers at the moment have come mostly from schools from other leagues: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Marshall and Western Kentucky, with the Bearcats being the only exception.

Wiesman said Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin also are interested in him.

"Right now, I'm just waiting to see what all comes my way," said Wiesman, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. "I don't really have a top school or top five, but I would like to go either Big Ten or Big East."

Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen is Marshall's lead recruiter for Wiesman, who power cleans 330 pounds, bench presses 365 pounds and squats 535 pounds.

"I have only talked to him a few times, but he is a great guy," said Wiesman, who runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds. "I have never really thought much about Marshall because I didn't know they would offer me, but I'm looking into things now."

Wiesman said he wants to make his decision during the summer so he can concentrate on his senior season.

Wiesman has not signed up for any summer camps or combines.

"I'm still trying to see what schools fit me best so I won't wear myself out over the summer," he said.

Wiesman said he wants to visit Michigan, Northwestern, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He already has visited Cincinnati and Ohio State and wants to make return visits in the future.

Asked to identify his strengths, Wiesman said: "I'm fairly smart. I have a mean streak while I'm playing. I'm fairly coordinated and strong."

Asked to identify his weaknesses, Wiesman said: "I'm not as flexible as I would like to be. I come from a triple-option team, so I have to work on my pass protection."

Asked to describe himself on and off the field, Wiesman said: "I'm completely different off the field. I'm pretty quiet unless I'm with my friends. I have been compared to a grizzly bear on the field and a teddy bear off of it."

His favorite hobby is fishing.

"I love to fish," he said. "If I'm not doing something for sports or school, I'm probably fishing with my friends."

Wiesman has a qualifying GPA and ACT score.

He does not know what he wants to study in college.

Jacob Messer is the managing editor for He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] All comments and feedback are welcome.

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