Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf announced his Connecticut de-commitment Monday morning after two Big Ten schools entered the race for his services.
Lonsdorf unofficially visits Rutgers this weekend, and also has a Purdue offer.
“Mike, I think, was an under the radar guy for lack of a better term,” said first-year Immaculata head coach Tom Falato. “Junior year, not too many people knew about him and so for his senior year, he really developed. His size increased. He had a tremendous year. He developed. I think, like anything else, things take time to gain traction. When they did, things started to heat up and we are where we are now.”
A former Bergen Catholic assistant coach and New York Giants scout, Falato built a strong impression of coach Chris Ash through past experience in Columbus, Ohio. Whether or not Lonsdorf lands at Rutgers this weekend during his visit, Falato looks forward to relationship-building with the nearby Scarlet Knights.
“The pedigree of the head coach coming from Ohio State is very impressive,” Falato said. “Two years ago, I spent a week out there. I was very impressed by the whole operation, with coach [Urban] Meyer and how he does things. I saw that the program from top to bottom. …
“Chris was a part of that. Also, when I went out there, Drew Mehringer was there and I met him. He was a very impressive young man. I said something to coach Meyer about him. Drew really seems like a smart guy. He told me then that, he was a ‘young man on the rise.’ I followed Drew to JMU and then Houston and we kept in contact. I’m anxious to continue our relationship now that he’s right down the road.”
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Lonsdorf added size and strength as a senior. He brings a frame to grow even more in a college weight room and nutrition program.
“He’s an impressive-looking guy,” Falato said. “He’s athletic. He used to be a basketball player at the school. He has those type of skills. He has very good feet. He has tremendous length. His wingspan, once he gets you, that’s it. He has excellent feet. He’s got a nasty streak, and that would serve him well in the Big Ten.”
Lonsdorf declined detailed comment until he makes a final college decision, and the lack of desire for the spotlight is one of his best qualities, Falato said.
“He’s an honor student and it’s all honors and AP classes,” Falato said. “He’s a private guy. If he could just sign his paper [next week] and that’s it, I think he’d be very happy.”