Decision Looms for Brazinski

PISCATAWAY, N.J.—Immaculata High School senior offensive lineman Mark Brazinski has already competed at Rutgers Stadium and visited the up-and-coming Rutgers football team on numerous occasions. But, the highly recruited center has not yet decided to join the Scarlet Knights after he graduates from Immaculata next spring.

"I've been there for a couple of unofficial visits and the players are very nice," Brazinski said in an exclusive interview with "They're building up with their stadium and their facilities and with their program, which I think is very good."

After he made the 15-minute drive, Brazinski enjoyed one of Rutgers' most memorable performances before a sold-out thunderous audience.

"It's (Rutgers) 15 minutes from where I live, and I went to the Rutgers-South Florida game and the atmosphere was ridiculous," he said.

The unranked Scarlet Knights scored an impressive 30-27 decision over then No. 2-ranked Bulls.

But that victory has not yet convinced Brazinski to sign a letter of intent with the Knights.

Rutgers competes with Boston College and Florida State, which have also offered him written scholarship.

"I go to a small high school and it's a smaller school," Brazinski said about Boston College. "The classrooms are small… They made the first offer."

Brazinski has also received a written offer from Florida State, admiring its location. "It has nice weather, so you can wear gym shorts all year round if you want to, and it has an 80,000-seat stadium, which is pretty cool too."

He plans to decide within the next few weeks which school will possess the 6-foot-4 288-pound beast.

"Not right now… I'm looking to announce in the next couple of weeks," he said. "When the time is right, the time is right."

Accordingly, Brazinski factors academics, atmosphere and people into his decision-making.

After earning the Non-Public Group III State Championship in 2006, Holy Spirit upset Brazinski's Spartans' chances of repeating last season. Holy Spirit handed Immaculata its only 2007-08 defeat, 26-13, in the playoffs.

Brazinski expects nothing less than a state title and another unblemished record in his final high school year.

"(I expect a) state championship (and an) undefeated (record)."

On a personal note, he said he wants to make First-Team All-State, a spectacular transition into the collegiate level.

To stay in shape, Brazinski runs several times each week and works out with teammates.

"I work out with teammates, anyone who really wants to work, work hard, they want to work with me," he said.

Brazinski understands the challenges that await him at the next level. To prepare, he engages in strenuous feet and movement-related exercises.

"Every lineman needs to work on their feet, that and movement."

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