May 14, 2009

The wait continues for Rosenbauer

It can be tough for a football recruit to go through the process without any recent film to show to coaches and that has been the situation that Lima (Ohio) Shawnee high school linebacker Zac Rosenbauer has been going through. The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder missed his entire junior season with a broken collar bone and now has seen most of his recruitment in a holding pattern.

"Everyone is pretty much waiting to see me at camp or for senior film," Rosenbauer said.

That hasn't kept Zac from picking up offers with both Akron and Bowling Green coming through but other programs have played more of a wait and see approach. Schools have come in to check up on Rosenbauer including programs like Northwestern, Cincinnati, Duke, Stanford, WVU, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Even with plenty of curiosity out there around him it is still a tough situation for Rosenbauer to be in but he has been taking it all in stride.

"(I am) Frustrated (laugh)," Rosenbauer joked. "If I had the film I think there would be a lot more offers coming my way."

Rosenbauer will be attending five or six camps in the coming months including the senior advanced camp at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have come in to see Zac but what do they really know about a player who has been on the shelf for a year?

"They really don't know much about me honestly because all they have on me is from when I went to camp there last year and my sophomore film," Rosenbauer said.

But that hasn't stopped the Buckeyes from at least envisioning a position where Rosenbauer could fit in if an offer were to come.

"Coach (Luke) Fickell has talked about the LEO position… they have talked about as a straight D-End but are not sure if I am tall enough, they have talked about MLB maybe but they need to see if the lateral speed is there. There are a lot of questions and not many answers but camp this year will clear it up along with game film next year."

Zac admitted that most programs are projecting him as that LEO/Stand-up defensive end position but he also admits that he feels that he could contribute at a middle linebacker as well.

Rosenbauer has a strong interested in the Buckeyes and has been a visitor to Ohio State practices in the past. The class of 2010 star has had a steady diet of the Scarlet and Gray growing up and would have a lot to think about if an offer were to come his way.

"Being in Ohio you are raised on Ohio State so you are interested already," Rosenbauer said. "They have a great program and the coaching staff… even if they never offered me I would have a lot of respect for the coaching staff."

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