The class of 2012 in Ohio is already known for the tremendous talent at defensive end, and…
Strobel Impressed With Buckeye Visit
The Ohio State-Miami game was one of the top attractions in the country last weekend, and several top recruits were in attendance, including Mentor junior defensive end Tom Strobel. Strobel, 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, is off to a fast start for the Cardinals, despite missing one game to an injury. "It was great seeing the other defensive end recruits, like LaTroy Lewis and Greg McMullen, to see how things are going for them," Strobel said. "We talked about the things we do at our positions, like technique and stuff." "I was at the spring game, and that was great, but this is awesome," he added. "The crowd was so loud and crazy, it gave me goosebumps. Everything was great on the visit, and it was my first time talking to (head coach) Jim Tressel. He asked me how my season was going, and so did (assistant coach) Jim Heacock. It was great talking to the coaches, and they said they will be watching me closely. Coach (Taver) Johnson told me to stay in touch." Although he was primarily there on a recruiting visit, Strobel also used his game-experience as a learning tool for himself. "I mainly was there to watch the defensive linemen, and how they do things," he explained. "I watched Cam Heyward and Johnny Simon, trying to learn anything at all that could make me a better player. I want to be at that level some day, so I'm trying to do anything I can to get there." Strobel is hearing from several of the top schools in the Midwest and he holds one scholarship at this time, from Cincinnati. "I've been hearing from a lot of schools and I have an offer from Cincinnati," he stressed. "I've been invited to games by Oregon, LSU, Duke, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan State and Notre Dame." "I hate to single out any schools, but I'm real interested in Penn State and Northwestern," he continued. "I talked to Pitt and I think they're close to offering, but they said the rules have changed and they can't offer officially right now. I've been invited to every Penn State game, and I'd like to go there. Same with Notre Dame. I also like Northwestern, mainly because they're strong in my major, chemical engineering. I want to take my time and find the right school, both academically and athletically." Although Strobel was injured in the first week of the season, he is back playing after only missing one game. "I was life-flighted from the Lakewood St. Edward game, after I fractured a bone in my throat early in the game," he stated. "I couldn't breathe the whole game, but I kept playing, hoping it would go away. At the end of the game they realized it was serious, and I went straight to the hospital. There was no way I was going to come out of that game on my own, so I just fought through the pain and gutted it out." "Later, I found out what it was, and I sat out the next week," he added. "I was worried I was going to miss the entire season, but early last week my doctor agreed to let me play. He said I could play as long as I wore the right equipment, so I played against Solon. I'm just glad to be out there with my team, and the thought of missing the whole season was pretty upsetting to me."
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