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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
BCS schools interested in Caspers

By Scott Powers

Glenbard West junior offensive lineman Johnny Caspers was worried about his recruitment not too long ago.

Johnny Caspers
Johnny Caspers' recruitment has picked up in recent weeks.

A number of college programs had been after him a few years ago when he was starting as a sophomore for Glenbard West, but they had since backed off. As his senior season approached, he began to be concerned where his recruitment would lead him.

In the past two weeks, that has no longer become the case. College coaches from coast to coast have taken care of Caspers’ fears.

While BCS schools have been popping into Glenbard West to see ESPNU Class of 2012 Watch List Top 150 defensive lineman Tommy Schutt, Caspers has also been catching their eye. And now Caspers is drawing interest from Boston College, Iowa, Northwestern, Stanford, among others.

“I would guess by the end of it he has 5-10 BCS offers,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. “They come in and see Tommy, and they see Johnny’s size and agility, and they say, ‘Holy cow, who is this kid?’ It doesn’t necessarily surprise me. I’m glad he’s getting the attention. He hasn’t taken a day off in the offseason.

“It’s awesome for any kid. It’s really awesome for a kid like Johnny. He does everything you ask of him. He’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around.”
Caspers’ work ethic has been in place nearly his entire career. What’s changed recently is he’s added 15-20 pounds and grown nearly three inches. Now that

Caspers is 6-3 and 275 pounds, all his skills – agility, strength and football intelligence – have become more attractive to recruiters.

“It seems like the height factor is important,” said Caspers, who is being recruited at center and guard. “Coaches are looking for taller guys, frames that fit the position. It doesn’t hurt adding extra pounds, too.”

Hetlet said, “He’s coming into his own and turning some heads. He has a tremendous upside. He’s only going to get better and better.”

Caspers has already received offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan, and Hetlet thought it was only a matter of time before the bigger schools followed. Northwestern will be at Glenbard West to see Casper work out again on Tuesday.

Caspers wasn’t expecting all of the attention, so he has a different appreciation for it than a lot of players who have been highly recruited throughout their careers.”

“I’m very fortunate to have all this take place,” Caspers said. “Not many kids get to go through this. It’s definitely an eye-opening experience. It makes you thankful for what you have.”