Ethan Wolf’s recruitment is off to a great start, but the 2014 tight end from Minster, Ohio (Minster High School) is still looking for more.
“Illinois, Toledo, Ohio and Bowling Green have all offered so far,” the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder said. “It’s really exciting. Once I got the first one, I was astonished because I was so young. I’m grateful for the opportunities that are here and being presented. It’s a great thing.”
Notre Dame is one of several other schools showing significant interest.
“Coach (Mike) Elston was at school a couple days ago,” Wolf said. “He gave my coach some forms and informed me of the camp and that they want me to attend.
“I’ll be up there June 22nd for an unofficial visit and attending their camp.”
Wolf is excited about being recruited by a childhood favorite.
“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “I’ve always liked Notre Dame. They’re in the top three of my college list. It’s great. I’ve always wanted to play for Notre Dame and Ohio State and teams like that.
“I grew up in Indiana and I’ve always watched them. I love the Irish. Coach (Brian) Kelly is a great guy, I know a little bit about him. I feel like the opportunity to play for Notre Dame would be excellent.”
Wolf grew up in Greenfield, Ind., about three hours south of South Bend before moving to Ohio when he was in fifth grade.
“We always watched them on Saturday mornings, but I never got a chance to go up there,” he said. “Notre Dame and Ohio State were always my top two teams even when I lived in Indiana. I’ve got a lot of family here and I’m an Ohio boy now. The opportunity to play for them would be awesome too.”
A couple other Midwestern schools also have Wolf’s attention.
“Michigan State really intrigues me,” he said. “It’s a great school and I like the Big Ten. I’ve got Illinois right at four, but definitely OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame.”
In addition to Notre Dame’s camp, Wolf is also planning stops at Illinois, Cincinnati and possibly Michigan this summer.
Wolf caught 20 passes for almost 400 yards as a sophomore, but coaches have noticed his attitude on the field as much as anything else.
“So far I’ve heard about my aggression,” he said. “They like to see aggression in younger players. I always play to the whistle and I know that’s got them looking at me.”
Wolf would entertain the idea of moving to the offensive line, but so far everyone seems to be looking at him as a tight end.
“We’ve talked about schools possibly wanting to move me to tackle and I’d be all for that, but so far no one has mentioned that,” he said.
Wolf’s parents have already helped him outline some of the key factors for his decision.
“Athletics will be number one, then education and graduation rate,” he said. “I don’t want to go to a school with a low graduation rate. I want to get a nice degree out of college.
“My fourth is location. Depending on the circumstances, I don’t know that I’d want to go all of the way across the country to play college football. I’d rather stay in the Midwest area.”