Rutgers is Newest Offer for 2017 Center

Avon (Ohio) three-star 2017 center Sam Gerak discusses his new offer from Rutgers and his camp experience in Piscataway, N.J.

Avon (Ohio) three-star 2017 center Sam Gerak played well in last month’s Big Man Academy at Rutgers, and it resulted in a verbal scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Gerak picked up his offer Wednesday night, and will likely be back in Piscataway for its clash with national champion Ohio State this season.

“I got a tour from one of their grad assistants after their camp and it was great,” he said. “I talked to [recruiting coordinator E.J. Barthel] with my family tonight and got the offer. … It was a great conversation. I love talking to him, and I also really enjoyed being coached by [offensive line coach Mitch] Browning at their camp.”

Gerak now has three Big Ten offers with Rutgers, Illinois and Northwestern in the battle for the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder.

“The Big Ten is the best conference in college football,” Gerak said. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m honored to have an opportunity.”

Gerak projects as a center or guard at the next level, but also has tackle experience at the high school level.

“I like center because I like that you control the line,” he said. “You’re the leader of the line. The play can’t start without the center. It’s the most important position on the field.”

Veterans like left tackle Keith Lumpkin and right guard Chris Muller made an impact during the Big Man Academy, and so did head coach Kyle Flood.

“The players stood out,” Gerak said. “They worked with coach Browning and they really knew what they were talking about it. All of them had a love for the game. I feel like their academics and their proximity to New York stand out. Their football facilities are amazing.

“[Flood] and I spoke briefly at the camp. It’s great to have a head coach that used to be a line coach. My head coach was a line coach until he got his head-coaching job here.”

Geral brings intensity on the field, and is equally focused in the classroom.

“My dad’s really helped me with my form throughout my high school career,” Gerak said. “I think I get my shoulders back really quick on pass [protection]. … I want to go to a school that has a good a good academic reputation, I want a medical school to be an orthopedic surgeon after I graduate.”


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