Mark Glowinski made it to Manhattan, Kan. over the weekend for his second official visit of the year.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound sophomore offensive tackle from Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa. was recently selected as a 2nd team All-American by the NJCAA for his performance in 2011.
"It was good," Mark Glowinski said of his weekend trip. "The first night we went to eat, but afterwards I was having some sinus issues so I just went back and relaxed. The next day I got to watch the team practice for the bowl game. We also took a tour of the campus and I talked with people at the Sports Management program about the Major."
It's always good for an offensive lineman recruit to get to know some of the guys he could be battling in the trenches with. The staff put Glowinski with a Kansas guy who's being groomed at Center in redshirt freshman B.J. Finney.
"I had a chance to talk with Coach Snyder," said Glowinski. "I've been talking to Coach [Charlie] Dickey the whole time. He's been the one recruiting me. He wants me to come in and compete for a starting job at right tackle next season. I met some of the players. B.J. [Finney] was my host. I spoke individually with a lot of the other offensive linemen too while I was there."
Traveling from Northeastern Pennsylvania to Central Kansas can be tricky. Glowinski said he had several layovers both coming and going, but it was worth it for the experience.
"Manhattan is a great college town," Glowinski said. "Everybody was wearing purple. They were all very respectful to me. I liked everything I saw there. It's definitely a place I'm strongly considering, but I'll have to decide if I want to live that far away from home. I'm going to weigh the pros and cons of each school and chose the best place for me."
Glowinski played his high school football 20 miles away from Lackawanna College at G.A.R. Memorial in Wilkes-Barre. He was a couple of core credit short from being eligible and decided to enroll in Junior College. Glowinski thinks having lived the college student/athlete lifestyle for the past two year will help him make an easy transition to a Division 1 program.
"Out head coach, Mark Duda, had mandatory team meetings, practices, and lifting sessions," said Glowinski. "If you didn't show up, you didn't get to play in the next game. With the Junior College experience, I'm used having to abide with that kind of structure."
Kansas State faces heavy competition for Glowinski from UConn, which is close in proximity to Wilkes-Barre, and West Virginia, with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh leading the charge.
"I'll most likely make my decision after my visit to West Virginia on [January] 13th," Glowinski explained. "I'll probably take an official to USF in January as well and possibly one to East Carolina. I want to take my time and make sure I find the best place for me out there, especially since I only have two more years left to play."
Glowinski still has one semester remaining at Lackwanna College. He helped Coach Duda's team go 7-4 on the season and earn a berth in the Salt City Bowl. Glowinski wore number-73 for the Falcons and was a two year starter.