Brazinski Chooses Cal

It came down to four college hats on a table – Boston College, California, Florida State, and North Carolina – for the nation's No. 1 rated center, Mark Brazinski, to choose. And in front of thousands at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, the Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata standout picked the blue and gold one of Cal…

Mark Brazinksi (6-4, 290) suited for the white team at the UnderArmour All-America game, which took an ealry 21-9 lead into the half. Leading up to the game, Brazinksi stated he was going to make his college decision during the game on Sunday evening.

In front of thousands at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, he picked California.

"I have come to the conclusion that the university for me is, California," said Brazinski.

He took an official visit to Cal on December 19-21. Among the things that intrigued him was weather and lifestyle.

"There was a huge snowstorm in New Jersey that weekend," said Brazinski.

"So as everyone over there was shoveling snow. I was wearing shorts surrounded by palm trees. It's a huge difference between the East Coast and West Coast, but football is football and they love football at Cal."

Sophomore offensive guard Mark Boskovich hosted Brazinski. Cal blends a great combination of football and academics, which ultimately led to him choosing the Bears.

"Cal has a great business school and that's what I want to major in," Brazinski said.

"I guess they are ranked as the third best business program in the country and I really like how the coaches and players really value academics and that it's important to them."

Brazinski was also impressed with Cal's performance against Miami in the Emerald Bowl.

"They've got to like six bowl games in a row now and have won like five," he said. "They're obviously a successful team. Their center (Alex Mack) now is a senior, so there's a good chance I'd be able to play early."

Brazinski says he can bench an impressive 360-pounds and squats 585. He also runs the forty in 5.2 and has a 23-inch vertical jump. "I have a good lower body and keep moving my feet," he says.

"Run blocking is my niche and I'm able to make big holes. But I still want to improve my speed. I think every lineman will tell you they need to get faster." He helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and the Group 3 state finals.

Brazinski plans to major in business with a focus on finance and reports a 3.7 core GPA and 28 ACT.

We will have more including post commitment quotes from Brazinski.


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