"Well I felt it was too early (committing to Rutgers). I'm a man, well some say I'm difficult to recruit because I do a lot of research. This is my life we're talking about though. There were just a few things I'd wished I researched more." When asked if he was still considering Rutgers, Mark said, "I guess so, I'm still considering them."
What is most important in finding the right school to Mark?
"I would like to go to a school with a high-quality business school complimented by a quality overall school. I also want to play high-level football. I'd like them to have a good line coach (because that's who I'll be with for four years) and I want the program to be good."
Brazinski is being pursued hard by Boston College, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Penn. Those four schools plus Harvard have already called him since the quiet period ended. He states he is very open and is considering the FCS Ivy League schools recruiting him just as much as the others. Mark talked a little bit about each of the schools that are recruiting him the hardest:
Boston College - "They were my first offer and I've been there multiple times already. They have a nice catholic school feel. They've also talked to me about a 5-year MBA program."
UNC - "Their school of business is highly regarded. I've had good conversations with Coach Pittman, the (offensive) line coach."
Penn - "My brother plays for Penn. They have the number one business school."
Georgia Tech - "I've been in contact with them a lot lately. They enjoyed my tapes. I've heard great things about Atlanta. The program there is only going to go up. Coach Spencer (co-offensive line coach) sent me literature on their business school. No one else has done that. It was pretty cool."
The only school of these mentioned that hasn't offered Mark is Georgia Tech. Does he expect the Yellow Jackets to come through with one soon?
"In terms of getting an offer, I'd say we have good relations and we'll see where it goes. You know, in high school, I'd say run blocking is part of my game. My brother at Bucknell, they run the option. That offense you never really can prepare for. They had good success at Navy, so I imagine with more and better athletes at Tech, they could really fly with that. It's very exciting."
Brazinski says once he is sure he's done all his research and he feels the time is right, he'll end his recruitment and make a decision. He doesn't have any official visits set yet. However, he says he's starting to put his schedule together and should know in the next few weeks. Don't be surprised if the first scheduled visit ends up in Boston though. Brazinski says he may be in Boston for the Boston College-Georgia Tech game, two of the schools that have caught his attention.