Even the first round victory over Bergen Catholic, another perennially strong team in New Jersey, wasn't enough for Seton Hall Prep, to put a bright side on getting knocked out before the state title game arrived.
The only bright side for some of the prep-elite around the country is that they know their playing days aren't done, colleges from around the country courting them for their services for possibly another four to five years. Linebacker Alex Wujciak is one of those that has been seeing attention like that since his final year began.
Now that the season is over, he's thinking about those schools, trying to narrow down not just his list, but where the rest of his official visits might go. "We haven't really sat down and looked at it all just yet," Alex said. "But we'll do that sometime soon."
"I've just got the one official visit to Maryland, so I am looking at the rest of the list to figure out where I am going to go."
The list is comprised of the same teams he's been looking at for awhile now, Wisconsin, Duke, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, Louisville, Duke and Nebraska, all battling it out to see who gets one of the last four visits he has. And while Alex couldn't say just where he was going to take them or who was high on the list of candidates, he did say of the Huskers that there was a very "likely" chance that they would be amongst that group.
Defensive Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove has been recruiting Alex consistently since the process really kicked in for the prep linebacker at the beginning of the year. And for Wujciak, how the Nebraska D.C. relates is how he prefers at this point. "He's real straight forward and a nice guy," Alex said. "He's just a good guy to talk to."
That's particularly inviting to Alex, but typical of kids in his region, not usually too receptive to the fluff of recruiting, more worried about the substance instead. That's why his list is what it is and Wujciak said that he's had good relationships with all those school he's considering and that's going to be one of the biggest factors in who he ultimately chooses.
Now, when he chooses is the question and Alex said that he's got a timeframe in mind of when he'd like to have his visits done and his mind made up. "I am hoping around Christmas time," he said. "I've got to sit down and figure it all out, but that's when I'd like to have my decision by."
Distance has never been an issue for Alex, nor has weather, as you could imagine. The only thing that matters is pretty much the same thing that most recruits worry about when it's all said and done. "I just want to feel comfortable there and feel that it's a place that I can play," he said. "I don't worry about a lot of the other stuff, so if a school feels right for me, that's probably where I'll go."
Seton Hall finished the year 8-3, losing in the second round of the playoffs. Alex finished with a solid season himself, tallying 140 tackles and five sacks and on offense, while amassing 300 yards receiving on offense, scoring four times.