"I think we had a great season this year and went 8-3, losing in the first round of the playoffs," Tanner said. "Personally, I think I did pretty well this year. It was my first year playing quarterback, as well as starting again at safety. I had a lot more responsibility and I think I became more of a leader this year, out of necessity."
Tanner had seven interceptions and had over 80 tackles from his safety spot in leading his team into the playoffs. Not satisfied with his performance in 2009, Tanner has already begun working out in anticipation of 2010.
"I started working out the week after our season ended," he stated. "I work out four times a week with a personal trainer, trying to get bigger and faster. My trainer is Reggie Germany, who played wide receiver for Ohio State. I'm also working on my footwork for next year because that's an area I want to improve on."
After attending camps last summer at Ohio State and West Virginia, Tanner put himself squarely on the radar of both schools, and is drawing attention from several schools.
"I think I did real well at both Ohio State and West Virginia, and I like both schools a lot," he admitted. "Both schools are near the top of my list because I've been there, same with Michigan because I've been up there for a game already. Right now, I have offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan and Northwestern, and I like all four schools."
Even though he has just shy of two years of high school remaining, Tanner already is starting to look at schools for the next level.
"I have to find a school that I can get a great education from," he said. "I'm not just a football player. I want to be a sports attorney some day after football is over. I know Michigan and Northwestern have great academic reputations, and I like both schools a lot right now. I'm also interested in Pittsburgh because of their law program. It's very early for me right now, but I'm starting to get an idea of what to look for."
Tanner, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, has a busy schedule planned already for 2010 and his stock is sure to rise in the next couple months with college recruiters.
"I will be attending the junior combine at the Under Armour game in Orlando," he reported. "The following week I will be in San Antonio at the U.S. Army game for their junior combine. I'm hoping to compete against the best in the country to show my talent and I'm looking forward to competing at both."
He is starting to hear from the hometown school, Ohio State, a little more lately.
"I was there for the first bowl practice a little over a week ago and I will probably go back there later this week," Tanner stated. "I like Ohio State and I'm hoping for an offer, but they said they're pretty involved with their recruiting of the seniors right now. I've spoken to both defensive back coaches, Paul Haynes and Taver Johnson, and both are great guys. We just have to see how things go."