Nittany Lions After Defensive End

Get the latest on New Jersey defensive end Greg Tomczyk. Learn about his top schools and what he thinks about the Nittany Lions, who are in pursuit.

DE Greg Tomczyk from West Morris Central High School in Chester, NJ may not be a household name to NC State fans but he very well could be over the course of the next two months.

At 6-5, 265 pounds and boasting 4.75-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Tomczyk has been an anchor on the defensive line. Last season he helped lead his team to a state championship but the squad has not had the same success in 2005.

"Right now we're 3-6 with one game left," said Tomczyk.."It's kind of been a disappointment since we won the state championship last year but we lost a lot of guys off that team."

While the wins may not be as impressive, Tomczyk has certainly done his part. On the year he's tallied roughly 60 tackles with five solo sacks and two forced fumbles. The senior standout has been extremely versatile and, as a result, colleges are projecting him at a number of positions.

"We play a 5-2 defense so I'm either at defensive tackle or defensive end depending on what the down is," he said. "Schools are recruiting me for offensive tackle, defensive end or defensive tackle. I've got broad shoulders and coaches think I'll be able to put on a lot of weight. I was at 230 (pounds) last year and I'm at 265 now and I was able to keep my speed. But really position doesn't matter to me. I probably prefer defense but I like offense to but, really, it doesn't matter."

While he's had recruiting on the back burner somewhat, Tomczyk said he plans to delve into it full force over the course of the next couple of weeks. He talked about the schools he's eyeing at the current time.

"I've been hearing a lot from Penn State and Virginia was the first school to contact me, he said. "NC State started contacting me more recently. I'm also hearing from Boston College and Purdue and I'm actually going up to Boston College this weekend so hopefully I'll set up an official visit with them when I go up there."

Tomczyk talked about what stands out with each school.

Penn State: "With Penn State, I've really grown on their tradition. They're only three hours for home and I like that. Also, I really like the system they run."

Virginia: "Virginia was the first school I heard from. I really like their defense a lot and I like the 3-4 scheme they run."

Boston College: "With Boston College, I really like their style of football, that smash-mouth style. I'll be going up there this weekend so I'll get to see more of them then."

NC State: "NC State, I had been getting mail from them in the spring and then it kind of dropped of. They started sending me mail again in October and they're a school I'm definitely interested in. They've had a good defense and they have a good program."

Tomczyk says that he's wide open and looking at every school that's showing interest in him although he did mention that he hopes to hear more from the Wolfpack coaches soon.

He plans to major in Political Science and will start setting his official visits in a couple of weeks.

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