Stramaglia Verbals to GVSU

Carl Sandburg High School may be in Orland Park, Illinois, but the school seems to have a pipeline leading into Michigan. The team has two commitments heading to the Great Lakes State as senior OT Michael Schofield has committed to Michigan and now wide receiver/wingback Tony Stramaglia has made his verbal commitment to Grand Valley State.

If the name Stramaglia sounds familiar, you're probably familiar with Laker Football lore. Don Stramaglia was a wide receiver for the Lakers from 1979-1982. Now, a whole new generation of GVSU fans will get to know the name as Don's son Tony Stramaglia is set to become a Laker.

"I verbally committed about a month ago," Stramaglia said, "but I came up last night."

The 6'2, 185-lb Stramaglia plays wingback and running back for Orland Park Sandburg and says he will be a slot receiver initially at GVSU. While the family ties were a significant part of the decision, Tony says it was not the deciding factor.

"My dad left it up to me," he explained, "but he was helping me decide to go there. He told me it is different from when he went there and he did kind of lead me to it, but I'm glad he did it."

As for the other reason he chose to commit, Stramaglia said, "The education. I wanted to go into criminal justice and they have a great program there. The coaches are great and they wanted me to be there and the football team is obviously great."

The Stramaglias were at Saturday's homecoming win over Hillsdale and Tony described the experience as "amazing."

Of course, there are a few months between now and February's Signing Day and Stramaglia says there are a couple schools still recruiting him, namely, South Dakota and Arizona. Of course, that begs the question as to what would happen if one of those schools were to extend a scholarship offer.

"Right now, if Arizona offered me, I don't know what I would do," Stramaglia admitted, but added, "I'd probably stay with GVSU."

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