LB Strizak "Really Comfortable" at Rutgers

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) linebacker Mike Strizak made his second visit of the spring to Rutgers for Thursday's practice, and afterward he spoke to about it. Strizak spoke about his comfort level at the school, his relationship with the coaching, what he's learning, and what five-star running back Savon Huggins had to say to him during the trip.

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) linebacker Mike Strizak spent Thursday relaxing. Or, least enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder made another trip to Rutgers, his second this spring and his fourth in the last three months, and there is no mistaking the vibe he is receiving from the Scarlet Knights.

"So far, it's comfortable, which is exactly what I want," Strizak said. "It's just really comfortable, really relaxed. It feels like a family down there. I like that a lot. No pressure at all."

Strizak, who holds a handful of offers, has an idea why things are so low-key when he is on campus.

"I guess because the relationship has grown between myself, my teammates (Darius Hamilton, Yuri Wright, Elijah Shumate and Leonte Carroo) and their coaches," he said. "It's a really comfortable vibe down there. You're not pressured by coaches to commit. You're not pressured to do anything. It's more of a friendship relationship right now rather than a business relationship."

In fact, Strizak has been to campus enough to begin getting a feel for the defense Rutgers is employing, and that stood out as he watched the linebackers during this visit.

"Now, I'm starting to understand the concepts a little bit better just from being down there so much," Strizak said. "Obviously, there's a coach-player relationship, but this showed me a little more with the pace of the practices and how they run thing down there."

Strizak got some 1-on-1 time with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, and said the message was similar to some of the things he told the Don Bosco contingent before.

"If all of us stay together we could do something down there really special, create something," Strizak said.

Part of the visit this time include a talk with Rutgers signee Savon Huggins, a five-star recruit from St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.). He took in his first spring practice, and spoke with many of the recruits while there.

"He was telling us the pros and cons about going to a school that you know you can play at, and creating something down at Rutgers," Strizak said. "The class that just signed, a bunch of those kids played together, and they're obviously staying together and build something special at Rutgers.

"My class is trying to do the same thing and follow each other, whether it's Rutgers or somewhere else. But we're all trying to stay together and do something special."

Strizak also holds offers from Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Illinois.

He is planning to visit Miami, North Carolina and Michigan State after the school year, but isn't about to name a leader.

"I think it's a little too early to have favorites right now," he said. "I think everybody is at the same level right now and trying to see what each school has to offer."

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