Pacific Northwest OL visits

Paul Gicewicz used a family trip as an opportunity to check out some college programs. Notre Dame hosted the offensive tackle from Tacoma, Wash., on Friday after a couple weeks of communication.

Paul Gicewicz turned a trip to visit his sister into an opportunity to explore some college programs.

Earlier this week the two-way lineman from Tacoma, Wash., joined his family for a trip to Culver, Ind., where his sister attends Culver Academies and plays hockey. Along the way Gicewicz lined up time to see Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern.

Michigan and Notre Dame played host Friday. Northwestern will do so on the weekend.

“It’s her senior weekend so we were gonna come down here anyway,” Gicewicz said. “We figured this would be a great time to kinda kill two birds with one stone.”

Gicewicz spent some time Friday morning at Michigan before heading to South Bend, where he met assistant coach Mike Elston for the first time after a couple weeks of correspondence. He also touched base with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and new assistant Todd Lyght.

Most of the talk centered on academics.

“They said that obviously Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the world and I need to be ready to get into that school,” Gicewicz said. “I think that academically I’m fine. (Elston) seemed impressed with my test scores and my GPA.”

Gicewicz toured the facilities before wrapping up the visit while putting himself on the Irish radar.

Washington, Oregon and several Ivy League programs have also touched base with the 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect. Most talk about offensive tackle, although Gicewicz has played some defense at Bellarmine Prep as well.

Gicewicz’s father played at Harvard, another interested program.

“(Coaches) said they like my size and strength a lot,” Gicewicz said. “Especially as a junior. They said if I do need to improve anything it would be my foot speed. But it’s not that big of an issue. I’ve been working on that all offseason.”

Gicewicz plans to visit Washington and Oregon soon as they’re closer to home. Later this offseason the plan is to make a stop at Harvard and some other East Coast programs. Gicewicz is seeking his first offer.

“I feel like the University of Washington is getting close,” he said. “Harvard, I don’t think the Ivys offer until after June but they almost told me that once they start offering they’ll offer me.”


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