Ethan Pocic will let ranking speak for him

Ethan Pocic does not say much. He is not a fan of talking about himself. He would rather let his play on the field do that for him.

And now he will let his new five-star ranking do the same -- reluctantly, of course.

“I guess just because all the hard work put in something good comes out,” Pocic said if he looked at the ranking as an accomplishment, “but I’m still level-headed. I don’t let it get to me.”

Last week, RecruitingNation released its early Top 100 prospects for the Class of 2013 and 26 initial five-star prospects. Pocic, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound left tackle from Lemont (Ill.), was one of those 26 and one of just three offensive linemen.

The rankings are based on the prospects’ sophomore highlights, which is all the more a testament to Pocic. At the end of his sophomore season, Pocic was just wrapping up his fourth year of organized football; he didn’t begin playing until seventh grade, though through no control of his own.

“I was always into football, but my mom never let my brother (Illinois center Graham Pocic) play until seventh grade,” Pocic said. “I had to do the same.”

Now, Pocic sits at 15 offers, many of which are from some of the country’s elite programs. Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin are just a handful of offers Pocic holds. A pair of SEC programs, Arkansas and Tennessee, have also offered.

The offers began rolling in for Pocic last summer after teams got a hold of his sophomore highlight tape. His junior highlight tape will only continue to show Pocic’s upside and athletic ability.

“My footwork [college coaches] say is pretty good for a big man,” Pocic said. “They say I move well.”

The Lemont captain has the attitude, too.

“Just finishing blocks with tenacity, getting after it, my mean streak,” Pocic added about his strengths.

Pocic plays intramural basketball but other than that his focus is on football. He lifts weights after school, runs during gym class and once or twice a week the Lemont linemen work out in the morning.

In between, Pocic will try to visit some colleges. He has already seen at least seven programs.

“I’ve been out to Michigan State, Wisconsin a lot, Notre Dame a lot, Michigan and going back, Illinois a lot, Purdue. I’m going to go to Ohio State,” he said.

Are there any favorites for Pocic at this juncture?

“I don’t know yet. I’m just still open. I wouldn’t say any favorites,” he said.

No surprise, Pocic isn’t saying much.