One to Watch: Nick Piker

Hinsdale Central (Ill.) senior offensive lineman Nick Piker emerged during his senior season, and is hitting the recruiting trail hard, check out more inside.

2013 offensive lineman Nick PIker of Hinsdale Central (Ill.) is a name that you might be hearing more of.

"I put on a lot of weight so I got a lot stronger," Piker said of the difference from his junior to senior year. "Last year I was only 235 pounds and now I am 280. I was in the weight room a lot and I put on a lot of strength."

He added, "Last year i was just all and lanky, and this year I was actually moving people off the ball."

It all started when Piker was much younger, but he was always an offensive lineman.

"I started in seventh grade, because my dad talked me into it," Piker said. "They put me straight on the offensive line, I was always a pretty big kid."

Piker stands 6-foot-4 and half, and 280 pounds now, and is still thriving in the trenches.

"I am aggressive and I try to finish all my blocks all the time," Piker said. "Especially on the run plays and even on the pass plays, I am always trying to stay active and making sure no one gets past me."

Piker also knows exactly what he improved on during his senior season as well.

"I would say my pass blocking is my strengths right now," Piker said. "Just because I played basketball before and I do track so I have a lot of foot speed and footwork that has transferred over to football. I do like run blocking too as well."

Schools are beginning to take notice of the Hinsdale Central senior.

"Last Saturday I got an offer from Georgetown it is a really good school and they have a really nice campus and I really like their coach," Piker said. "It was exciting and there are a lot of good things going on there."

Piker took several visits recently, including one to Georgetown.

"Last week I went to Indiana, Northern Illinois, and Georgetown," Piker said. "Their fans were great, all of them ha really nice fans, which was cool and got the players into it."

He continued, "I really liked all the coaches at the three schools, they were all really nice and how they play and their philosophy intrigued me."

Piker also visited several other places this season.

"I went to Eastern Michigan earlier in the season, and visited Minnesota when they played Michigan," Piker said.

Plus there are several other schools that he has heard from recently.

"I have talked to Indiana, NIU, Georgetown, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green," Piker said. "I was talking to Arizona a little and I also hear from San Diego and Minnesota."

Stay on FOXSports NEXT for the latest on Piker as he continues the process towards signing day.

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