Boca Raton TE Lubischer a name to remember

Coach Rick Swain of Boca Raton has high hopes for the 2005 prep football season. He's got a handful of promising juniors whom he expects to have standout senior seasons. Tight end/defensive end John Lubischer is one of those leaders that Swain will be counting on heavily.

Coach Swain characterizes Lubischer as a "very strong relentless worker". Lubischer transferred in recently from Cardinal Gibbons high school and lives alone with his father. He is an honors student who is taking chemistry, history, and literature III.

"I try hard in school because I know you have to have a life after football too," he said Tuesday night. When not in class or playing ball, he likes to hang out with his fiends and fresh water fish.

Football is a time-honored tradition in the Lubischer family.

"My dad played Division III football," he said. "I have two uncles that played for Boston College and my grandfather played for Maryland."

He likes most sports but football is the main focus since that will be his ticket to a scholarship, although in the spring he will be on the Boca track team.

"I used to play basketball but now I am just concentrating on football because I had to get bigger," he said. "I also throw the discus on the track team."

The 6-4, 250-pound tight end doesn't hold back when he talks about the prospects of what the Boca Raton high school team can do.

"I think we are going to the state championship," he said. "We have an unbelievable junior class. We have so much talent. Our quarterback is great and a couple of big linemen. They are strong. Our weight lifting program is amazing. We have a weight lifting coach that is a guru and is getting us really strong."

He understands he will need to play a big role if his team is to make a run at a state title. He is ready to do whatever his coaches ask of him if it will help the team.

"I am sure I am going to have to play both ways a little bit," he said. "Our defense is totally set except for middle linebacker. Coach is talking about maybe trying me there but I'm not sure yet."

Doing what he has to do to help the team is first and foremost, but the position he loves to play is tight end.

"I think I am one of the best blocking tight ends around," he said. "I do have speed and can catch the ball a little bit. I can do it all. I'm not a just wide receiver type tight end and I'm not just a blocking tight end."

It sounds like his game is patterned like one of the best and one of his favorites.

"My favorite athlete is Jeremy Shockey," he said. The ex-Miami player and current New York Giants star has all the skills a coach would look for in a tight end.

Because it is early in the recruiting process, the interest in Lubischer is slight compared to what it will be next December. But no matter who comes calling, there is already one team on his radar that every other school will have to beat.

"I moved down here from New Jersey when I was 10," he said. "I really love Boston College because my uncles played there. Boston College is definitely my favorite."

No offer yet from his favorite, but there are some schools that are making some noise when it comes to his early recruitment.

"Actually, this weekend I am going up to Duke and they said they are going to offer me real soon," he said, adding that "I have a lot of strong interest right now from other schools like North Carolina, UCF, and I have kept in contact with Boston College, Rutgers and other schools.

"Florida I am talking to them, too. I am going to their junior day on March 26."

John Lubischer was in an offense last year that did not feature his particular talents. His transfer to Boca Raton High School should translate in him getting a noticed more than he has been so far. Boca Raton's team is expected to be a statewide contender and that should result in Lubischer and several of his teammates showing up on a lot of recruiting radars.

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