Illinois DL Likes Miami

Mike Kolodziej is a kid who definitely passes the look test. He stands 6-foot-6 without shoes on and at last check, he comes in at a solid 291 pounds, with very little body fat. The nice thing is he has a frame to add about 15-20 more pounds and really be something to deal with.

On the track, he's a 5.0-flat 40 kid. On the field, he's always the fastest and most athletic big man. At 6-6 and potentially 310, here's a kid that can really motor for either side of your line in a few years. He plays tight end and defensive end now, but I truly think he's got the most potential as an offensive tackle at the next level. And a lot of college coaches agree.

Your current core GPA: 3.7

Your latest test score: 20 on the ACT

Describe your style of play: My size is a huge advantage on offense, both in blocking and receiving.

Who called in May: Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Miami, Iowa, Oklahoma, and a few others.

Has Miami offered: No sir.

Who is your best offer right now: Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, and Northwestern are probably my five best ones right now.

Who is your favorite right now and why: Michigan because I like their program, I think I can fit in well, and they were one of the first to offer.

Kolodziej, who is from Joilet Catholic Academy in Illinois is one of the state's premier prospects. Obviously, he's a kid that Coach Chud liked on his spring tour through that state. I think with his size/speed/athleticism combo coupled with the fact that he's fully qualified make him a kid to watch up front. On defense, he's very active. He made 80 stops and had 14 sacks as a defensive end while carrying 285 pounds. Those are numbers of a speed rusher it would seem. His motor runs a lot longer than most of his opponents and that will translate well to the college game, especially if he plays a tackle position on offense. UM will likely sign at least three or four pure offensive linemen this recruiting season and if this kid is being recruited as an OL, I think he's one to keep your eyes on throughout the season, just like the UM coaches will probably be doing.

Canes Time Top Stories