Dudek Eager for Offers

Mike Dudek ran the fastest 40-yard dash while camping at Illinois in the summer, impressing the Illini coaching staff in the process.

The 2014 wideout admitted he was nervous before the camp, but running the 40 helped settle his mindset and led to a successful showing.

"The camp went very well," Dudek said. "I got a 4.40 in my 40 and 3.90 in shuttle. I thought I performed very well in the drills and one-on-one drills as well."

The Neuqua Valley High standout also had an opportunity to tour the Illinois campus and walked away impressed.

"After the camp, one of the coaches drove me around the campus on a golf cart," he noted. "I loved it. I could definitely see myself going there."

As a sophomore last season, Dudek had the unique opportunity to play varsity. He took advantage of the opportunity.

"Last year was great for me," he said. "I got moved up to varsity the last two games and led the team in reciving. But our team lost in first round of playoffs to the eventual state champions Bolingbrook."

Dudek was pleased with how his team performed during double sessions and is excited for the upcoming season.

"We should hopefully be pretty good," he said. "We have a lot of returning starters. We are looking real good. I'm very happy with both our offense and defense. I feel like our coaches are doing a great job getting us ready for the season and I can't wait for it to start."

Dudek gets straight to the point when asked about his goals.

"First off, I want to win a state title as a team," he said. "And for personal goals, I want to be All-State."

Although undersized at 5-11, 175 pounds, Dudek boasts several other qualities in his game that make him a special receiver.

"I believe the strengths in my game are my speed, quickness, hands, route running and being able to jump up and get the ball" he said.

"I just always need to continue to work on my game and try to perfect things as much as possible," he said. "And of course get bigger, faster, and stronger."

Dudek is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but he's being patient with the process.

"I'm only going into my junior year, so they said they need more tape then the offers will come," he said. "But Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Arizona and Tulsa are some colleges I'm talking to.

"As for visits besides Illinois, I have been to Iowa state and Indiana for camps. I plan on taking a visit to Colorado some time in the future as well."


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