N.J. LB Working on UNC Visit

This early in his recruitment, Mike Strizak says he has called only one college coach – Allen Mogridge from North Carolina.

"He just discussed coming down to North Carolina just to check it out [and] see how I like the campus," Strizak said. "[The conversation] was just about the visit – when's good to come down, when they're practicing."

Strizak, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep, plans to accept Mogridge's invitation. He's considering making the trip for UNC's Junior Day, which is later in the month.

"I think by the end of the month, I'm going to try to make a visit down there," Strizak said. "I want to check it out and see how the environment is down there."

UNC is also recruiting Strizak's teammates Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, and Yuri Wright. The quintet has discussed carpooling to Chapel Hill, but Strizak doesn't believe that will come to fruition.

"We've talked about going down, but I think everybody is going to make their own visits and see how they like it," Strizak said.

Strizak visited Maryland last week and has attended Rutgers' Junior Day.

Besides UNC, Strizak is working on scheduling trips to Cincinnati and Miami, as well as Boston College's team camp, which Don Bosco participates in each summer.

"I have no other camps in mind right now," Strizak said.

In addition to the aforementioned schools, Strizak is being recruited by Connecticut, Michigan, Penn State, and Virginia.

"I don't really know who has offered me – my coach handles that," Strizak said. "But they all send me basic mail."

Strizak, who isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, doesn't claim any favorite schools. "I'm pretty much just trying to compare everything right now and [just see] what's going to benefit me for my four years [of college]," Strizak said. "Nobody has really stood out so far. I'm just really trying to compare.

"The culture and the team [are important] – are they accustomed to winning, do they want to win, do they have the drive. Definitely, the relationship with the coaches, that has to be very strong. And education is always No. 1, so definitely a good education."

Location, Strizak says, won't be a determining factor but he does have a general region in mind.

"I want to stay as close to the east close as possible," Strizak said.

Strizak's father wrestled for Ohio State. That connection, though, he says won't factor in his collegiate decision.

Strizak is primarily being recruited as a linebacker. At nationally ranked Don Bosco, he plays defensive end and a little bit of outside linebacker.

"I mostly start with my hand down, but in some plays I drop into coverage," Strizak said.

This past season was Strizak's first starting for Don Bosco, which ended the season undefeated and its fifth consecutive New Jersey Non-Public, Group 4 State Title.

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