Bosco Trumps College Process for Strizak

Football season never ends at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.). On the heels of a state championship, rising senior linebacker Mike Strizak spoke about the challenges of balancing big-time high school football and D-1 recruiting. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder also discussed his thoughts on Rutgers.

Winners like to stay winners. And the best way to do that is work even harder and avoid distractions.

For Class of 2012 middle linebacker Mike Strizak, defending Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) means more than anything. With seven verbal scholarship offers, Strizak would rather do what he can to keep up a winning tradition.

"I'm just spending time with my team," Strizak said. "The schedule for us is so cramped that there really isn't a lot of time to go out to colleges and do that research now. I'm dedicated to this team first."

Bosco's seniors are done with school, but the underclassmen like Strizak have two weeks left to keep preparing for training camp this August.

"I want to defend that championship," Strizak said. "You only have one senior year of high school. You have to make the most of it."

Rutgers is one of seven schools to verbally offer Strizak and has one big advantage over other schools in the early stages — location.

Strizak does not plan to venture far away from home until after the season is over, but Rutgers is not nearly as far away as Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh or Virginia.

Visits to those schools, he said, will not be organized any time soon.

"I'm going to wait for visits until probably after my senior season because that's priority No. 1 right now," he said.

Strizak has no favorites and has no plans of picking favorites until the end of his season, he said. Rutgers, however, has a lot of what the middle linebacker is looking for.

"I want to find a place with a good education," Strizak said. "Education comes first. Then I want to find a coach that I can trust. I want a coaching staff that makes me feel comfortable and cares about teaching life skills as well as football."

With Greg Schiano more than a decade into his head-coaching career at Rutgers and the University finishing in the Top 10 percent in Academic Progress Report yet again, RU's resume is impressive to Strizak.

"I love the coaching staff," he said. "I think I've been there five times already and the coaching staff stands out. They make you feel really comfortable. I've met with a lot of them and we talk about everything. It's not always about football."

When asked if Gary Nova and Paul Canevari are in his ear about Rutgers, Strizak simply replied "absolutely."

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