One of the reasons the Pickerington North football team finished 8-2 last fall was the emergence of junior Godwin Igwebuike.

Igwebuike, who attended Pickerington Central as a freshman and was forced to sit out his sophomore season after transferring to North, emerged as a star at running back and in the defensive backfield a year ago. The Panthers missed the playoffs mostly because the teams they beat in the non-league underperformed, but they did finish 8-2.

The 6-0, 190-pounder who is seen as an athlete in recruiting circles has 11 offers. His most recent came from Illinois on Wednesday.

The other BCS schools that have offered Igwebuike include Boston College, Duke, Minnesota, Northwestern and Cincinnati. Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Ohio and Toledo have offered from the Mid-American Conference.

Michigan has not yet offered but "has been in contact" with Igwebuike, he said.

Igwebuike is playing basketball this winter for the Panthers.

"At this point, I've been getting new offers every few days," Igwebuike said. "I've been pretty busy with basketball but I'm going to try to look through some of the offers coming up."

Igwebuike attended Ohio State's Junior Day on Feb. 12 and then attended Cincinnati's Junior Day a week later.

At an undetermined date coming up, Igwebuike is planning to visit both Bowling Green and Toledo, probably on the same day.

Last season, Igwebuike rushed for 1,046 yards and 14 touchdowns and added a kickoff return for a touchdown. He had six interceptions and made first-team all-district at defensive back.

Because of his current size, it seems logical that the BCS schools might favor Igwebuike on defense. He can play either strong safety or cornerback and reportedly runs 4.48 in the 40.

*Walnut Ridge wide receiver Rob Wheelwright added an offer from West Virginia to his profile at on Thursday.

The 6-3, 185-pounder is in the midst of the district boys basketball tournament for the Scots, but he should continue to garner significant interest recruiting-wise. He has offers from 10 other BCS schools in addition to West Virginia, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan from the Big Ten.

West Virginia also has sent out recent offers from Cincinnati Moeller running back Keith Watkins and Trotwood-Madison linebacker Mike McCray.

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