This past Saturday Illinois lineman Nick Marozas made his first trip down to Bloomington to get a closer look at the Indiana football program. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound standout from Chicago (IL) Brother Rice H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about why IU moved to the top of his list after his visit there.
Marozas had heard that Indiana’s campus was very nice so it wasn’t a total surprise to him when he saw for himself just how nice it was.
“I really liked it,” he said about his IU visit. “I had never been down there before, but I have some friends who have been down there and they told me the campus is beautiful and I totally agree. The campus is beautiful and so are all the football facilities. I got to meet all the coaches and I really loved them.”
The three-star recruit said the thing that impressed him the most about Indiana was the way he was treated by the coaches and players.
“One thing that really stood out for me is when I was down there and after they were done practicing and meeting with the coach, the entire O-line came over and greeted me,” Marozas said. “They all shook my hand, the O-line, the coaches, they all got to know me and they all talked to me and that really made an impression on me.”
One coach that Marozas spent a great deal of time with was Indiana offensive line coach Darren Hiller. He said the two of them instantly hit it off.
“I love him,” he said about Coach Hiller. “It was my first time meeting him and he made a great first impression. We basically spent almost the whole day together. We ate lunch together, he took me around the campus, and we sat in his office for a good hour just talking about stuff. He is a really good people person. He really likes me and I really like him so I think it would work out if I decided to play there.”
Coach Hiller and the rest of the Indiana offensive staff expressed to Marozas just how much they like him as a player.
“They talked about how they really like my footwork and how I am more of an athletic lineman,” he said about the message from IU. “They think I am faster and more athletic than most linemen.”
The Chicago native currently has offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and Wyoming. He said that finding a school where he just feels at home will be the biggest factor in his decision.
“For me the main thing will be getting that feeling when you are at a school,” Marozas said. “It is hard to describe what it is but it just feels like home. And the coaches will also be important. I want to be somewhere that feels like a family.”
Marozas, who is not exactly sure when he will make his decision, said that after his visit to IU he has the Hoosiers at the top of his list of schools.
“They made a huge impression,” he said about Indiana. “When I was walking around and checking everything out I was really impressed by everything there. The coaches were very welcoming and they were all excited to meet me. They are definitely at the top right now.”