Bozick Playing the Waiting Game

2012 prospect Connor Bozick has impressed the Terps coaching staff and is hoping for an offer

Connor Bozick is hungry. Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing nearly 300 pounds, the OT from DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) can't wait to get another taste of what he's already experienced: a scholarship offer.

After recently picking up his first offer (Delaware), Bozick can't wait to garner another, but he knows it's not going to be easy. “I'm leaving for a camp at Georgia Tech on Friday and I'm hoping that while I'm there I can impress people enough to get some more offers on the board,” said the soon-to-be senior. “You play football to win and that's the mentality that I'm taking with me into this camp. At the end of the day I'm going to focus on the one thing I need to do which is perform.”

Already known by a handful of FBS schools, Bozick is hoping this could be that last push that will lead to some bigger offers. At the moment, schools such as James Madison, Maryland, Florida State, New Mexico, Penn State, Georgia Tech and Syracuse are contacting the offensive tackle. “I've been in talks with a lot of these bigger schools and it's been my goal to play at a big DI-A school so I'm looking forward to my next offer,” said Bozick.

A physical presence the minute he slips on his helmet, Bozick has a uniqueness to his style of play in that he goes about his game in a very technically sound manner, not necessarily using his size to overpower opponents but rather using his techniques and leverage to get the upper hand.

Not satisfied with where he is, he is continually working on aspects of his game that he knows he will need to improve to woo the big-time scouts. “I've really been working on my blocking in space and on picking up the 3rd level defenders in the open. I've been doing a lot of drills recently in workouts that are going to help me with that,” said Bozick. “I've gotten pretty good at coming off the ball and getting up to the 2nd level defenders quickly but I'm trying to get just as good at getting to the 3rd level.”

From the list of Bozick's interested schools, one could assume that he may be playing quite far from home in the years to come, but the distance factor doesn't bother him in the least. “You know my parents have always told me that as long as a school is paying the check for me to go there, than I'm free to look wherever. In the end I'm just looking for a school that wants me,” said Bozick. “Although it would be nice to play close to home.”

Lucky for Bozick, one of the schools looking at him is right down the road. Just minutes from Hyattsville, the revamped coaching staff at Maryland have had their eyes on the standout lineman since Junior Day. “I have been getting tons of mail from Maryland in the past year,” said Bozick. “But it was after their Junior Day this past year that I really started talking to them.”

“After Junior Day, every single one of their coaches sent me hand written letters thanking me for attending, from the scouting coaches right up to Coach Edsall,” said Bozick. “After going through the drills, Coach Bratton pulled me aside and said that I did very well and that he couldn't offer me a scholarship on the spot because he had to figure out the numbers, but that he and the Terps staff would definitely be in touch with me.”

Bozick, who was personally invited to Maryland's Junior Day by Coach Hall (WR Coach), has been hearing from the Terps ever since his performance in College Park. “The coach that I talk to primarily is Coach Hall because he does a lot of the recruiting and I'd say I hear from him about twice a month,” he claimed. “We talk about Maryland, the recruiting process, and he keeps tabs on where I am in my game.”

With family at Maryland, Bozick has already had the time to fall in love with the atmosphere of College Park. “I go there on days off from school and stay with my sister and I love it there. Then when I came up for Junior Day and went to the basketball game, I was even more impressed and I just really loved the entire experience,” said Bozick.

While all signs are pointing towards an eventual offer, Bozick claims that offer or not his feelings about Maryland won't change. “They are the one school that has been nothing but true with me throughout the recruiting process. Everything the coaching staff has said they will do, they have done and so I have the utmost respect for them.”

Bozick originally was hoping to make his college choice before his senior season, but has realized that his best bet is to wait a bit longer and hope that a bigger offer comes his way. It may only be a matter of time however, until an offer comes rolling in from right down the road.


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