The summer before a player's senior year always is important in recruiting.
For Elkhart (Ind.) Central linebacker Vincent Schnell, it also means taking on a new position with his 7 on 7 at the Fort Wayne-based AWP (Athletes With Purpose).
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound rising senior plays on the outside for his high school team, but has been working out at middle linebacker lately.
"It's a lot of deep coverage," he said. "You've gotta learn to move your head around and use different angles and how to attack the ball from different spots on the field."
He also is working on using his hips well and staying on top in coverage as he adjusts to the position.
On the recruiting side, Schnell has been getting mail from a pair of schools.
Schnell plans to camp at Iowa, Cincinnati and Ohio – where his brother, Spencer, currently plays wide receiver.
His father, the late Dave Schnell, also played college football as a quarterback at Indiana, but not before a big growth spurt put him among the best high school players in the nation in 1985. A similar burst could certainly propel Schnell's recruitment in a similar fashion.
"He grew three inches his senior year," he said. "That would really improve my game. Size and height is good and I could get a little faster, too, and get some looks."