May 26, 2011

Shankweiler makes good impression on OL Fromang

Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland offensive tackle Blake Fromang is just getting started with the decision-making process in his recruitment.

With offers piling up - the massive 6-foot-8, 280-pounder claims 11 offers - Fromang hopes to get a better idea of what schools he likes this summer.

"I got USF, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, FAU, Washington State, Tulane. There are others but I can't think all of them," he said.

"Right now, since spring just ended, I'm going to sit down with my coach and we're going to go over plans to see schools for this summer."

One of the most recent schools to offer has made a strong impression on Fromang, who plans to visit every school he has an offer from.

USF offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler visited Fromang last week to make the USF offer official.

"I had been getting letters from (USF) but I met the offensive line coach last week and really liked him," Fromang said.

Fromang said Shankweiler made a good first impression on him.

"It hasn't been a sales pitch. He hasn't been really trying to sell the school on me, (he) just talks to me like a normal person," said Fromang, who said distance won't be a factor in his college decision. "I really like that because it turns into a lot when (a coach) is just trying to press you all the time. You wonder what it's actually like. We sat down and we actually had a real conversation and I appreciate that a lot."

With spring practice behind him, Fromang said he plans to work on a few aspects of his game this summer.

"(Spring practice was) really good. We won our (spring) game by 27 points," he said. "I'm just trying to get stronger and (improve) my footwork (for the upcoming season)."

At 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds, "I haven't been told by any schools to gain weight but I might put on another 5 to 10 pounds," Fromang said. "I don't want to get to heavy to the point where you can't move. My knees will start to hurt and I don't want to get to that point yet."

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