Jomantas Excited About Pack Offer

Dayton (OH) Chaminade Julienne standout Andy Jomantas was waiting for his first college scholarship offer just a couple of months ago, but now he has landed a trio of offers and believes others could be on the way.

Dayton (OH) Chaminade Julienne standout Andy Jomantas was waiting for his first college scholarship offer just a couple of months ago, but now he has landed a trio of offers and believes others could be on the way.

"Right now I have offers from NC State, Ball State, and Kansas," said Jomantas. "I'm still hearing from Michigan State, Maryland, UCONN, and Cincinnati.

"Of those I think UCONN is close to offering me, and my coach said that Maryland wants me to come take a visit so I think they are close as well. I grew up liking Michigan State and I know they were pretty much done with their class but they had some scholarships open up and I think they want to see some senior film."

A position switch led to the increased recruiting interest for Jomantas, along with physical maturation that has impressed college coaches.

"I think my recruiting is just now picking up for a couple of reasons," he stated. "One thing is I'm now playing offensive tackle after playing tight end and defensive end my first three years of high school.

"Another thing is I wasn't as big as I am now. I used to be 220 pounds, but now I'm 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds so I'm bigger and the colleges say I can put on even more weight to play tackle."

The first school to offer Jomantas a scholarship was Kansas. In fact, he was slated to visit the Jayhawks last week but that trip has been canceled due to Mark Mangino resigning as head coach.

"I was supposed to visit Kansas last weekend, but when everything went down with coach they called and told me recruiting was being put on hold," said Jomantas. "I think their athletics director called off all the recruiting trips. I'm still interested in them so we'll see."

Ball State was the next school to extend a scholarship offer and has already hosted Jomantas for a visit.

"That's the only official visit I've taken," he said. "It was cool. I liked it there."

NC State was the most recent school to offer, and Wolfpack offensive line coach Don Horton is handling the recruitment.

"I really like coach Horton," said Jomantas. "It was good to talk with him when they offered. He's actually from around here and played college football at Wittenburg University which is right up the street from me.

"It was good to hear what he had to say... about me being a good fit for them. He said with the way I'm built I can put on a lot of weight, and he likes how I'm athletic and can bend well. He said I remind him of a power forward physically, and he likes how I play tackle with the mentality of a defensive player."

Jomantas is scheduled to visit NC State this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to that visit," he said. "I'll be going on the visit with my mom, and she likes NC State too... she knows that's big-time football. It's definitely exciting to get an offer from them because I feel they play big-time football in the ACC."

As of now Jomantas doesn't have a clear leader or a timeframe for making a decision.

"My mom is pushing for me to make a decision as soon as possible, but I'm not sure," he said. "I kind of want to see all of my options. I think NC State is up there, but I really liked what I saw from Ball State on my visit so I want to see what it's going to be like this weekend."

Is there a chance he could commit to NC State if he has a good visit?

"You can't rule anything out."


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