Peters Township linebacker Corban Hondru has committed to Miami University in Ohio, he announced on Twitter on Friday.
Hondru, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound inside linebacker was a first-team all state selection after his junior season with the Indians, which saw Peters advance all the way to the WPIAL finals.
— Corban Hondru (@CorbanHondru) April 3, 2020
Since the end of the season, Hondru’s recruitment has exploded. He entered his junior year with offers from Akron and Dartmouth.
Since then, Air Force, Army, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cornell, Eastern Michigan, Elon, Fordham, Furman, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Liberty, Miami-Ohio, Navy, New Hampshire, Ohio, Penn, Richmond, Toledo, William & Mary, Yale and Youngstown State have all offered opportunities.
It made the recruit process a whirlwind for Hondru, who was frequently getting multiple offers per day.
“I guess they really liked my junior film,” Hondru said in a telephone interview with Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was a lot of fun. It was fun to get to know all those different coaches and form those relationships.”
The Redhawks first extended their offer to Hondru on Feb. 9, but he visited Miami back in December for the RedHawks’ junior day. He knew at that time that it was a place he could see himself playing.
“I love the campus, I love the coaches, I just loved everything about the whole student experience there,” Hondru said.
He had originally hoped to visit some of the other schools that had extended offers his way, but in-person recruiting has been shut down through the end of may because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish this wasn’t going on for a lot of reasons, but I do wish I had been able to visit some of those other schools,” he said.
With so many solid options, Hondru knew that he wanted to finish his recruiting process before the start of his senior year.
“I wanted to get this done so that for my senior season, I could just focus on the team and not have to worry about visits and things like that and hopefully get back to the WPIAL championship,” he said.
Hondru is the second WPIAL player in the Class of 2021 to commit to Miami, joining Plum lineman Evan Azzara, and he’ll join former Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs and former Farrell defensive lineman Kobe Hilton as Western Pennsylvanians on the RedHawks roster.