Holuba Lands First Offer; Others Courting

Class of 2014 defensive end Kurt Holuba of Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) received an offer from Rutgers this week, has brothers on the Ivy League gridiron and a dad who played at Penn State.

Rutgers got in early with Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) defensive end Kurt Holuba, Penn State has a built-in advantage and the Ivy Leagues run in the family.

Recruiting is in its infancy for Holuba, a class of 2014 standout, but he has plenty of family experience to fall back on.

And he also has his first offer.

His dad played at Penn State, his brothers play in the Ivy League and the Scarlet Knights extended an offer this week.

"Academics are extremely important in my college decision, wherever I will be going," the 6-foot-4, 235 Holuba said. "The Ivy League is definitely an option. It would depend on school to school, but it would be pretty tempting to try and go to a BCS (school) rather than the Ivy League."

Rutgers is the school closest to Holuba's home, but he has not attended a game there. Part of the reason he didn't stop by this season is his brother, Jack, plays at Harvard. His other brother, Robert Jr., played at Princeton.

Still, he knows about the Scarlet Knights because of proximity, and he's paid close attention to the program's success this season.

"They're having a great season this year," he said. "They just lost to Kent State but they're still a top 25 team and they're defense is really outstanding. I know they've been down the past few years but it's good to see them back on top again."

Holuba's first offer came during a phone conversation with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood earlier this week, and he called it a "nerve-wracking" experience.

"(Bergen Catholic) coach (Nunzio Campanile) said we were going to call up coach Flood after practice, so I was pretty nervous during practice, but it went fine," Holuba said. "I talked to coach Flood and he said, ‘We watched your film and we like how you play.' "

Holuba added he knows Campanile's brother, Anthony, a former Rutgers player and now an assistant with the Scarlet Knights.

"I worked with Nunzio's brother before and I really like him," Holuba said. "I've also been in contact with (defensive line) coach (Jim) Panagos, but that's pretty much it."

Holuba knows plenty more about Penn State, where he regularly went to games growing up as well as watching the Nittany Lions on television. His father, Robert Sr., played for the Nittany Lions from 1968-70.

"My dad went there so I've been following Penn State pretty much my whole life," Holuba said. "I know a lot about them. I've been there plenty of times. I've been to games there throughout my life but never as a recruit.

"We'd go up to the games all the time. It was a big family trip. We would always follow Penn State."

Holuba's contact with the Nittany Lions is assistant coach John Strollo.

"He's a great guy," Holuba said. "I met him a few months ago and I talked to him and I really like him."

Boston College is also showing interest, but he said he does not know much about the program. Holuba has 47 tackles, including seven sacks, in eight games this season.

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