For the last few weeks, Central Catholic DT Kurt Hinish has received as many offers as anyone. Ohio offensive lineman Joel Honigford is now challenging Hinish as the hottest recruit in the country.
Honigford (6-6, 272) is an offensive tackle from Sugarcreek, Ohio. In the last few days, he’s picked up offers from Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Penn State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and Kentucky.
Back on January 23rd, the 3-star tackle picked up his offer from Pitt and this weekend, he’ll be on campus to check out the Panthers.
“I’m excited to make it to Pittsburgh and get to check everything out in person. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them so I’m looking to see if what I’ve heard meets what I see”, said Honigford.
“I’m wanna see the facilities to see how they are. Another thing I’ll be looking at is how the coaches are and the relationship we build for the short time I’m there this weekend.”
Is Honigford going to have any questions while on the visit?
“I guess the #1 thing I’ll be asking the coaches and Coach Peterson in general is how he likes to play his lineman. I’m pretty big on not being a fat lineman so I’m curious to what he has to say about that and how he handles it.”
“The thing that really interests me about Pitt is how tough they are and how they’re a team on the rise. Sure they haven’t been in the College Foorball playoffs, but they’re still a tough playing team and get down and grind”, said Honigford. “Also, I really like what I hear about Coach Peterson and how well he develops his incoming lineman.”
The book on Honigford is that he’s a fast-paced, athletic and aggressive lineman. Coaches really like his footwork and his athleticism as a lineman.
Because of the interest he’s getting, Pitt is going to be in a battle for this recruit. Following his visit to Pitt, Honigford will take trips to Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Oregon. As you can imagine, Honigford doesn’t have any favorites and isn’t close to making a decision.
“I honestly don’t really have favorites at all, and I probably won’t until I visit everywhere and all of that kind of stuff. I have a lot of amazing schools that have given me opportunities to continue my academic and athletic careers, so it’s extremely hard to pick a favorite”, said Honigford.
“I’ll make a commitment when I feel like I’m most comfortable with the schools that have offered. I still feel like I have potential for my stock as a player to rise even more, so we’ll see what happens. Obviously I’m going to visit every school I can see myself playing at.”
That process will begin this weekend in Oakland.