Local OL With 1 Offer and Lots of Interest

It is no secret that the recruitment of offensive linemen is a crucial aspect to the success of any team. Having the right guys up front will help determine the flow and direction of most games. One prospect that Rutgers is currently looking at is Mike Weich, a 6-foot-4 and 290-pound offensive lineman by way of Livingston Senior HS(Livingston, NJ).

Mike Weich stands in at 6-foot-4 and 290-pounds while playing the tackle position on the offensive side of the ball for Livingston HS. The Lancers have gotten off to a fast start this year notching three wins with just a single loss in the higly competitive Iron Hills-Iron Conference [this interview was conducted prior to this weekend's contests]. Indeed, Livingston HS opened up the year with an impressive performance against West Morris coming out on the winning side of a 30-18 decision.

"We're doing really well so far. We're off to a 3 and 1 start. We started off by defeating the defending Group III Champions so that was a big win for us," stated Weich.

Much like his squad, Weich didn't waste any time getting started this year. Weich did not allow a single tackle against his counterpart Greg Tomczyk, in the opening game against West Morris, and also had four pancake blocks against him.

"We were 10-1 in my sophomore year. That team had 21 seniors on it. Last year, after losing so many to graduation we struggled and playing in the Iron Hills Conference you're always going up against good teams," stated Weich. But last year's sophomores and juniors are now one year older and are now ready to make their mark.

Weich, who has camped at Rutgers for the past two years, currently has one offer, from Army. Other schools that were showing interest from day 1 were Rutgers, North Carolina State, Connecticut and Eastern Michigan. This summer several other schools joined the mix including Syracuse, Virginia, and Toledo.

"I went to the Rutgers-Villanova game and it was pretty good," stated Weich. "I had a chance to meet with Coach Susan and Coach McNulty who is recruiting me."

"Coach McNulty is a really relaxed and very professional guy. I talked to him for about two hours before the Rutgers-Villanova kick-off."

Since the season has started staff members from Connecticut have been to practice to see Weich in person. Virginia has also made sure to stay in touch by contacting the northern New Jersey prospect via telephone.

Though Weich indicates that he does not intend to make a decision any time soon, he has informed Scout.com of a preliminary list of favorites. That list includes Connecticut, North Carolina State and Rutgers. However, Weich indicated, that does not suggest that he has decided to rule out anybody.

What will Weich be focusing on most when decision time comes around sometime around or after December?

"The feel I get from a school. The vibe that I get. I want to play in front of supportive fans and I want to play in front of a sellout crowd."

While Weich has enjoyed his experience camping at Rutgers he stated that his best experiences thus far have been while visiting North Carolina State and Connecticut. And it is precisely those two schools that have made recruited Weich most intently until now.

Weich was invited to attend this week's Rutgers-West Virginia contest but was unable to due to a 2:30 game. Livingston was set to travel to East Orange to do battle against the Jaguars.


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