Holuba Talks Recruiting, State Title Game

RAMSEY, N.J. – Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) defensive lineman Kurt Holuba holds offers from Rutgers and UMass and is a Penn State legacy. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his recruitment, and being the state title game.

Once the season ends, Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) class of 2014 defensive end Kurt Holuba will pay more attention to recruiting.

He plans on making a number of unofficial visits, including to Penn State an Rutgers and Boston College, but his focus is on this weekend's NJSIAA Non-Public Group IV state title game against Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.

And Holuba and the Crusaders got there via a huge 28-14 win against six-time defending champ Don Bosco Prep in the semifinals. The result ended an 11-game losing streak against the Ironmen, and means there will be a new champion for the first time since 2005.

"It's pure excitement," Holuba said. "I can't describe it. We've all waited so long for this. Both of my brothers and my dad went here. It's been a big bloodline thing in my family to beat Bosco and I love it."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Holuba made his mark with four tackles, including a sack. He has 56 tackles and eight sacks this season, and earned offers from Rutgers and Massachusetts. He is also hearing from Boston College and Penn State, where he has deep family ties.

Holuba's father, Robert Sr., played for the Nittany Lions from 1968-70. Holuba Hall is named after his grandfather, Roy Holuba.

Kurt Holuba has been to campus a number of times, but did not make it to a game this season because of scheduling issues and Saturday games. However, he remains in contact with Penn State assistant John Strollo.

"My dad went to Penn State so it's always been a family thing," Holuba said. "I've been to talking to coach Strollo a lot. They invited me up for a few games this year but I wasn't able to talk to them. But I've been talking to them a lot.

"I met him a few months ago but they haven't been up to see me yet."

Rutgers is also recruiting Holuba hard, and the Scarlet Knights' pending more to the Big Ten is a big boost in their recruitment of him.

"It makes them more appealing to me," he said. "It's better competition, a better team. I definitely have to look more at them moving forward."

The other program to offer Holuba is UMass.

"I don't know much about UMass," he said. "One of my teammates (Richard Queen) is already going there, so I know they're a good program."

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