The dominoes continue to fall with the 2017 recruiting class. Players around the country are announcing their commitments as February’s National Signing Day approaches.
Sunday night, the Toledo Rockets picked up a major addition to their class — commitment No. 19 — in Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman tight end Travis Koontz, who announced his decision on Twitter.
“I just felt like it was the best fit for me, personally,” Koontz told Today’s U. “I just couldn’t really see myself anywhere else the way I can see myself at Toledo.
“I’ve been there twice. I was there for the BG game (Friday) night and I was there like two weeks before that for Fresno State. The campus is very nice, Toledo brings a good crowd, it will be a very good place to play at, a very fun place to play at.”
The former Bowling Green commit chose Toledo over other offers from Maryland, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Akron, Ball State, Ohio and others.
“It came down to me deciding between Maryland and Toledo,” Koontz said.
The 247Sports 83 overall three-star also drew interest from Penn State and Indiana, but an offer never came through. At this point, though, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder said his recruitment is finished.
“I’ve pretty much seen everything I want to see, I’m pretty much wrapping it up with Toledo,” Koontz said.
So far this season, Koontz has approximately 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Boardman.
“Toledo uses their tight end pretty much as a big receiver,” Koontz told Today’s U. “That’s what I am. He does block at some points, but he’s more like a receiving tight end.”
At season’s end, Toledo senior tight end Michael Roberts will exhaust his eligibility and the Rockets will need someone to step up to fill that role. Roberts has been big for the Rockets so far this year, hauling in 25 catches for 288 yards and nine touchdowns.
“They haven’t really said anything about how soon I’ll play,” Koontz said. “I wouldn’t say they are lacking in that position, they have like four other tight ends, but they’re all blocking tight ends. They don’t have that receiving tight end like they do now, the one now is a senior and he’ll be graduating.”
Toledo is off to a 5-1 start this year, after a strong 10-2 finish one year ago, and the Rockets are well on their way towards having their seventh consecutive winning season.
“I feel like it’s a program on the rise and I feel like they are going to keep getting better,” Koontz said. “I don’t really see them taking a step backwards.”
Safeties coach Ross Watson was instrumental in landing the three-star tight end.
“Coach Watson, he’s from my area, he went to Austintown-Fitch, it’s a rival school we play, it’s who were playing Friday actually,” Koontz said. “It’s down the road and that’s how we started talking. It’s in his recruiting area.”
Once football season wraps up, the big man will also finish his high school career on the hardwood before fully shifting his focus towards prepping for college football.
“I play the five spot,” Koontz said. “This will be my third year for varsity basketball.”