Top receiver speaks highly of Army

Many are familiar with Steve Smith, the wide receiver who played at USC and professionally with the Giants, Eagles, and Rams. Drew Wolitarsky, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Canyon High School, is quickly approaching Smith's California state records in both receptions and receiving. It was the Army staff who first offered Wolitarsky during the spring evaluation period.

Many are familiar with Steve Smith, the wide receiver who played at USC and professionally with the Giants, Eagles, and Rams. Drew Wolitarsky, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Canyon High School, is quickly approaching Smith's California state records in both receptions and receiving. It was the Army staff who first offered Wolitarsky during the spring evaluation period. He's received eight more offers since then, but his interest in the Black Knights program hasn't waned.

"I love Coach Andy (Guyader)," said Drew Wolitarsky. "He's come out [to California] twice to see me. When the team played San Diego State, he dropped by and we talked about taking an official visit the first week of December. He explained to me how the sophomores are expected to lead three freshman players, the juniors lead 10 sophomores, and the seniors lead all of the juniors. The process teaches you to become a leader. I've always been interested in the military. I like to learn about weapons, tactics, sniper missions. I've very interested in being part of the brotherhood and becoming an officer after college."

Wolitarsky, who lives in Canyon Country in the Santa Clarita area, has had three straight 100-yard receiving games in the Cowboys first four of the season. He's amassed 456 receiving yards and is only 222 yards shy of Smith's record. He also needs 49 more receptions to break a second receiving record.

"I camped at San Jose State, San Diego State, and Notre Dame this summer," he said. "One of the coaches noticed my first step was a little short. I changed that up and by extension I'm getting into my routes faster and doing a better job of breaking down the receiver."

The schools that have offered Wolitarsky consist of Army, Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, Navy, New Mexico State, Nevada, San Diego State, and San Jose State. He has official visits set to Minnesota, Army, and is favoring one to San Jose State as well.

"The number one thing is my relationship with the coaching staff," Wolitarsky explained on his college decision. "I want to be able to talk to them. I'd like to join a friendly team that's not looking to kill the freshman. I'd like for the campus to be located to stuff to do in my free time so I can have some fun. Weather is also a consideration. I really don't like the heat, but I've never really lived in the cold, so I may not like that either. As long as it's in a nice area I think I'll be fine."

The Canyon Cowboys are currently 3-1. The offense is averaging 52.5 points-per-game. Wolitarsky plays wide receiver, defensive back, and punt and kick return. Next up on the schedule for the Cowboys is San Diego-area school, Steele Canyon.

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