November 3, 2010

Heuerman accepts his role

Barron Collier High School isn't known much for its passing offense. That's not good news for Ohio State commitment Jeff Heuerman, a three-star tight end from Naples, Fla.

But, Heuerman said he makes the most of any opportunity that comes his way.

"I've had a few touchdowns, but for the most part we run the ball," he said. "The season's been going good. I've been playing on both sides of the ball all year long, shredding on defense. My highlight film will be sick."

Although his opportunities on offense have been limited, Heuerman said he's content with his role, especially since his team just qualified for the post-season.

"We're 6-2 and just clinched the playoffs last week," he said.

As an extra blocker in Barron Collier's offense, Heuerman feels he's preparing for his future in Columbus.

"My coach has taught me how to block really well and I have good hands," he said.

Heuerman said the Ohio State coaches said they plan to incorporate their tight ends more in the passing game and that's something Heuerman noticed when he was in Columbus for the Buckeyes' game against Miami.

"They said they were going to do that when they were recruiting me," he said. "Their offense fits the way I play really good."

As a planned early enrollee, Heuerman will soon get his opportunity to learn the Buckeyes' offense. He'll arrive in Columbus in January eager to learn his role and ready to overcome the weather he expects will greet him.

"The cold," he said when asked what he expects to be his biggest adjustment to college. "That and the speed of the game."

Before enrolling, Heuerman expects to take his official visit to Ohio State in December.

First, he has two regular season games left to play and what he hopes is a long playoffs run.

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