Strizak Cuts to Three, Targets Decision

Three-star linebacker Mike Strizak from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) named a top three and has a new decision time-frame in mind. Come inside to find out if Rutgers is still in the mix and what it could mean for more members of the Bosco Big Five recruits.

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) linebacker Mike Strizak said all along that he will not let college recruitment get in the way of his senior season.

But after initially planning on a post-season decision, Strizak changed his mind and now wants to decide at the end of the summer.

"I've always wanted to focus on the ring and not let college get in the way," Strizak said. "I definitely want to decide before [the season] now."

Strizak named a top three of Rutgers, Connecticut and Boston College in no particular order and said that he is done with visits and will not consider other schools unless a new offer comes in that jumps out at him.

"All three of those schools have a lot going for them and I like them," Strizak said. "I've visited all of them this summer and seen what they have to offer."

The interesting twist with Strizak is that he would like to make his decision at the same time as some of his teammates.

"I'm hoping to announce with Leonte Carroo and Darius Hamilton," Strizak said. "I think they may be ready by then. I'm not sure how it will be done or any details yet, but I want to do this with my teammates."

Strizak added that he did not want to speak for Carroo or for Hamilton and that neither have expressed concrete plans to commit before the season. Those were just his feelings on the matter.

Strizak has been to Rutgers, Connecticut and Boston College in the last month and said he liked all three visits.

Though he has no leader, Strizak has been to Rutgers the most and has familiarity with many players including former teammates Gary Nova and Paul Canevari.

"At Rutgers I just really like the family atmosphere," he said. "The players are great and I hang out with a lot of them. I like the coaches. It's all a family.

"Obviously I know Gary and Paul, but I've also spent time with Mohamed Sanu, Miles Shuler and Brandon Coleman and they're all cool guys too."

Connecticut recruited Strizak while Randy Edsall was still in charge, but he said the new regime is even more interested in him.

"I just got back from UConn and I liked it a lot," Strizak said. "I enjoyed the trip, The campus was beautiful. I'm trying to familiarize myself with the new staff."

Don Bosco camped at Boston College as a team and Strizak said he also left with a positive impression during that visit.

I liked BC a lot because it reminded me of Bosco," he said. "The attitude there was similar and the practices were like ours. It's definitely a good school."

Editor's Note: After hearing Strizak's comments, Hamilton told, "I'm sure we will be ready to decide around the same time."

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