New Trier (Winnetka, Illinois) linebacker Max Rosenthal announced he had received a scholarship offer from Bowling Green State University on Sunday, his fifth Division I offer.
— Max Rosenthal (@max_rosie99) December 18, 2016
“I received the offer last Monday and [Linebackers] Coach [Benny] Morrison delivered the good news,” said Rosenthal. “He’s the coach I’ve been in the most contact with because he recruits the Chicago area.”
To date, Rosenthal has also earned offers from Air Force, Cornell Fordham, and Lehigh University.
Rosenthal discussed the visits he would be taking, saying, “I am planning my official visits this winter break and have taken unofficial visits this past year to a handful of Big Ten, SEC, MAC, and Ivy League schools.”
He told me he would be taking unofficial visits to Illinois, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, and Miami (Ohio).
“[The] official visits I plan on taking are Air Force, Michigan State, and Bowling Green right now,” Rosenthal remarked.
When does Max Rosenthal plan on committing to a school?
“The official visits will be a big part of my decision,” the linebacker told me. “After I have taken my official visits to the schools of my choice, I will re-evaluate all my options and come to a decision.”
At 6’3″ and 230-pounds, Rosenthal is one of the more athletic and versatile players you’ll find throughout the Illinois recruiting scene. While he has predominantly played inside linebacker throughout his career at New Trier, coaches rotated him into various offensive roles during his senior year that included fullback and tight end. He said that Bowling Green, the 2015 Mid-American Conference champions has recruited him as an H-Back, a hybrid of the two positions.
Rosenthal said that he does not have a New Trier teammate who has been offered by the Falcons yet, but according to 247 Sports, Bowling Green has offered 19 class of 2017 players from the state of Illinois, including Oswego East running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and Loyola Academy tight end Jake Marwede. Of the 35 players from Rosenthal’s position groups that BGSU has extended offers to, only two players, both linebackers, have committed to the school, leaving a clear opening for Rosenthal on the offensive side of the ball.
Furthermore, from looking through Bowling Green’s roster, only three players, all juniors, are listed as either a tight end or fullback, and they garnered a combined 105 yards of total offense during the 2016 season.
There’s no doubt Rosenthal would be a welcomed addition at Bowling Green, but the senior still has time to make his college decision. After all, signing day is on February 1, and he plans on staying very busy throughout the winter by visiting various schools across the nation.