Camper FB Szpyrka Patient With Offers, Decision

New Hampton Prep (NH) LB/FB Scott Szpyrka emerged as one of the names to lookout for coming out of Michigan's summer football camp a few weeks ago. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the West Bloomfield native and he gave the latest on his recruitment and the distinct favorite on his list.


How did your season go last year?

"We won the All-New England championship. We went undefeated. We've been three All-New England championship games in the last three years. Last year I made All-New England linebacker. I've led the team in tackles since my freshman year. I played in eight games and I averaged about 16 to 20 tackles per game. The most tackles I had this year was 23 in the championship game."

What is you height, weight, and forty time?

"I'm 5-11, I'm 227-lbs. and I run a 4.61."

What colleges are on your list at this point?

"Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio, and Boston College."

I see you're from the state of Michigan (West Bloomfield). Any interest in Michigan State?

"No, I'm a Michigan fan! Michigan State and Ohio State are out of the question (laughing)."

Are you being recruited mostly as a fullback or linebacker?

"Actually it's both."

Have you seen any of the schools on your list besides Michigan?

"I saw Boston College. I go to school on the East Coast so I've been to campus a couple of times to see some friends and I saw the team practice once. I saw Central Michigan's facilities. They are recruiting me as a football/baseball player. I play baseball too. In baseball I'm being recruited by Miami of Ohio, St. Johns, Michigan, Central Michigan, LSU…a lot of the big time schools for baseball."

What position do you play and what were your stats?

"I play third base and outfield. I batted .625 and I had nine home runs."

How was your experience at the Michigan camp?

"My experience at the camp was pretty good. Just the fact that I met Fred Jackson, the fullback coach that's recruiting me….I got to spend some time with and get to know him and see what kind of coach he is as far as his coaching style and his personality. But I came into camp with a hamstring injury, so I wasn't able to participate 100%. I had to basically jog through stuff. Fred Jackson just had me catch. He just wanted to see my hands. I wasn't able to run full speed with the hamstring injury that I had from baseball the two weeks prior to that. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to go out and run around 100%, but I still had a great time meeting Lloyd Carr and Bo Schembechler and trying to get a feel for the school and how things are run around there."

What did Coach Carr and Coach Schembechler have to say to you?

"First I met Coach Schembechler on the field when I was working out with Fred Jackson. Fred Jackson said he really liked me. Bo Schembechler said that if he were the head coach he would give me a scholarship! Lloyd Carr said he wanted to see senior film. They said that they're going to make a decision on the fullback position and that they were going to look at senior film and keep in contact with me."

Do you have any scholarship offers on the table at this point?

"Central Michigan is it for football right now for offers. I haven't really exposed myself for football probably like I should've. I didn't go to too many camps over the summer because of baseball. I definitely feel I should be one of those kids that has fifteen scholarships, but I've only exposed myself to Michigan and a couple of other schools."

When you sit down to make your college decision, what will be the most significant factors in your choice. Also, do you have a timetable for when you want your decision out of the way?

"I want to play close to home in the Midwest. That's kind of an important thing for me. Probably in the Big Ten conference. Michigan is my number one choice. If they offered me, I'd commit. I'm not going to wait all day long. If they aren't showing interest during my senior year, then I'll go somewhere else. But I'm going to be patient with my decision. I'm not trying to do anything anytime soon."


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