August 13, 2009

BC tracking Ohio 'backer

Lima (Ohio) Shawnee linebacker Zac Rosenbauer has been battling injury problems for a good while now but he's almost healed and is anxious to get back out on the field. The 6-foot-2, 236-pound prospect is also anxious to finally show college coaches that he can play at the next level.

In spite of a broken collarbone that caused him to miss most of his junior year and a dislocated knee that he suffered during West Virginia's camp just a while ago, Rosenbauer holds offers from Akron and Bowling Green. He's grateful to both staffs for sticking by him, but he's also hoping other schools extend offers after he shows what he can do.

"It's starting to heal pretty well," Rosenbauer said of his knee. "I'm sprinting with the team and I'm hoping to go back in two or three weeks. Either I'll make the first game or just miss that one, but that's what it's looking like. It's actually a lot better than the last one (injury), because I shouldn't miss time for games or anything.

"The two offers I have ... those (schools) have stuck with me. Others have said, 'Yeah, as long as you have a full recovery we'll look at you.'"

Those schools that want to give Rosenbauer a close look include all of the Big Ten outside of Penn State and Wisconsin, and others such as Boston College, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Syracuse, among others.

Where does BC stand with the talented linebacker?

"One of the coaches that's on their staff was at Akron and basically got me the offer that I have from them," he said, referring to BC special teams coach Mike Dawson. "We've got a good relationship. They didn't start recruiting me until I was at a track meet at Toledo. They were looking at Jimmy Hall and they saw me run the 100. The coach found out what my name was and they started recruiting me that way. They have good academics and play good football."

Not surprisingly, Rosenbauer plans on waiting a while to see what offers come in before he makes any decision.

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