Don Bosco DE Visits Rutgers ...Twice

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive end Mike Strizak took a pair of unofficial visits to Rutgers in the last month, including going to junior day. Strizak spoke to about the Rutgers experience, what he is looking for in a school, and which position he envisions playing at the next level.

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) is always rife with talent, but rarely with the depth of the 2012 class, which includes a number of high-profile Football Bowl Subdivision-caliber players.

While Leonte Carroo, Yuri Wright, Darius Hamilton and Elijah Shumate are much more well-known, defensive end Mike Strizak is another of the group getting big-time interest.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Strizak was at Rutgers' junior day last month and also made an unofficial visit to campus over the weekend (with Rutgers signee Gary Nova and class of 2012 teammates Carroo and Shumate).

"The facilities are amazing, the coaches seem like they really care about you," Strizak said. "It felt like a really homey place."

Strizak, who is from Fairlawn, N.J., also plans on visiting Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia and Miami in the near future as his recruitment begins to pick up speed now that the 2011 class is signed.

Coming from a high-profile program like Don Bosco, Strizak has seen the intensity level recruiting can bring, and has learned a few things from it.

"It's a business and these (coaches) actually come after you," he said. "If they want you, they'll recruit you hard. It's a great experience coming behind Brian (Roche) and (Brandon) Sacco, and watching them go through it."

And what is the biggest thing he took from watching?

"Don't burn any bridges," Strizak said. "One week they'll come in with a Rutgers shirt, and the next week they'll come in with another shirt."

Strizak's father wrestled at Ohio State, and he admitted that was his favorite school growing up but acknowledged "that is kind of out of the equation right now."

"Right now I'm playing defensive end, and I'm most comfortable at that, but I could play outside linebacker," Strizak said. "I've played that during the season. My position was stand-up defensive end. I'm probably more comfortable pass rushing. Sometimes I dropped back into coverage. It was on certain plays."

Strizak wasn't sure what offers he received yet because of coaching changes at colleges and the validity of verbal offers, but at the early part of his recruitment he knows a few things he is looking for in a school.

"Probably just a good relationship with coaches, a place that has great academics and somewhere that feels like home," Strizak said. "At the start of the recruiting process, that's what I'm looking for right now."

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