Travelin' Man

Travelin' Man

"I plan to take all five of my official visits and I won't be eliminating schools until I visit them," Eric Shrive said. "The Internet is great for researching schools and stats, but it can't give you a feel for what it's like to actually be there. I'm completely open right now and I don't even plan to start narrowing things down until August or September..."

Eric Shrive, the 6-foot-7, 295-pound four-star offensive tackle from West Scranton High School in Scranton, Penn., already has 22 scholarship offers.

Shrive says he plans to take his time and doesn't expect to make any commitment until January or February.

"I plan to take all five of my official visits and I won't be eliminating schools until I visit them," Shrive said. "The Internet is great for researching schools and stats, but it can't give you a feel for what it's like to actually be there. I'm completely open right now and I don't even plan to start narrowing things down until August or September."

He has actually already visited several schools and has a busy spring and summer travel schedule planned. In February, Shrive attended the Rutgers Junior Day. "Rutgers is a great place," he said. "I like the coaches and it was a lot of fun building some relationships with the other guys they are recruiting.

"I've been to Rutgers before, so I already know the campus and most of the coaches. I really like coach Greg Schiano," he said. "He's a great guy and he's not gonna lie to you. He's just real honest."

Shrive says Rutgers is actually closer than in-state favorites Pittsburgh and Penn State. "Rutgers is only about two hours away," he said. "Pittsburgh is about three hours and Penn State is four hours away. But that doesn't matter. Distance is not a factor at all, but I know both Pittsburgh and Penn State pretty well already.

"Penn State has an amazing game day atmosphere and Pitt is an up-and-coming program," he said. "I think that Pittsburgh will be competing for the Big East championship within the next two years."

Another school that is about two hours from Shrive's home is Syracuse and he plans to go to their junior day later this month. "I really like the academics at Syracuse," he said. "They have a good academic program and I think the team is up-and-coming. They've been recruiting pretty well so I think they'll do much better next season. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are actually the two schools I look forward to seeing the most next year because I think they'll be a lot better."

The only other junior day that Shrive has already been to is Notre Dame's. "I kind of always liked Notre Dame," Shrive admitted. "As a kid I watched them a lot, but it's not like I dreamed about going there. My dream has always been to just play DI football."

Shrive was on the South Bend campus on Feb 23. "It was a great experience," he said. "It was a great weekend and we had a fun. I liked everything there. The academics are really good, the campus is nice and the basketball game we went to on Sunday was great.

"But really Notre Dame is all about tradition," he said. "It's amazing! They have so much history and the atmosphere there is different from other schools."

Besides attending the Syracuse Junior Day, Shrive says he'll be heading south during his spring break later this month. "I plan to visit Florida and Miami during spring break," he said. "They both have great programs with winning tradition. I don't really know much about them yet and that's why I'm going down there."

Other schools that Shrive plans to visit during the spring and summer are Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Penn State, Boston College, Connecticut and more. "I'm going to be busy traveling this summer.

"My main thing is the people and how I get along with everyone when I visit," he said. "I also want to be able to play early and go where they need me and where I'll be able to get better and develop more."

That's why Shrive is especially excited about visiting the Buckeyes. "They have great o-line tradition," he said. "They are always producing great offensive linemen and I like that."

All of the schools mentioned above have offered Shrive as well as North Carolina State, Duke, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin and others.

While Shrive will be going on several unofficial visits during the spring and summer, he says he doesn't plan on participating in any camps or combines.

Shrive benches 350-pounds, squats 450 and says he can run the 40-yd dash in 5.1 seconds flat. "I have a great motor," he said. "It never stops. I play to the whistle on every play and I love to run block. I'm a pretty good pass blocker too, though.

"There's always something you want to improve," he said. "My footwork is okay, but I want to make it better and I've got a great speed program that I think will help. I also lift everyday, so I plan on getting even stronger for next year."

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and took the SAT on March 1.

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