Nevada steakeater has offer from Cougs

A HIDDEN GEM NO MORE, Jerzy Siewierski (6-3, 300) has 11 offers to his credit, with the recruiting love showing no signs of slowing down. His feet, quickness and athleticism has had college recruiters traveling to Sparks, Nev., in droves this young recruiting season. Washington State is one of two Pac-10 schools who have extended a full ride offer to the defensive tackle from Reed High, a steakeater who has strength and speed to thrill.

In addition to Washington State, Jerzy Siewierski has offers from UCLA, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Wisconsin, UNR, Fresno State, UNLV, BYU and Colorado State. BYU and Boise State are the two latest, putting their offers on the table this past Friday. Another Pac-10 school is making strong overtures as well.

"Cal wants me to go to their camp and said they just wanted to see me first," said Siewierski. "I'll be at their camp (next weekend)."

Benefiting from the shared experiences of coach Ernie Howren and the staff at Reed, Siewierski's recruiting has skyrocketed over the past six months. "Pretty much all of my coaches have played football in college, so they also told me how to do it. I got a highlight tape together, letters of recommendation and started sending it out to all the colleges. I started getting a lot of calls." Over 50 schools have been in contact with Howren at Reed.

SIEWIERSKI'S TOP 4 consists of Boise State, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin. "But everything is still an option for me," said Siewierski. "And those are the ones that are talking to me the most."

"I just want to see how (a school's) d-line plays, what their responsibilities are. For example, I know UCLA pass rushes a lot. That's a d-lineman's dream right there -- to be able to pass rush the entire game. So I want to see how the coaches coach and how the players play."

Location isn't a factor for the Silver State wrecking ball. A position coach, however, will be a consideration.

"I'd like him to be a hard coach," said Siewierski. "I like coaches who know what they're talking about, have (played) and are just hard cases. I'd like to be friends with the coach of course, but I like a coach who will kick your butt if you do something wrong."

When it comes time to strap on the helmet this season, Siewierski plans on devoting his full energies towards his team, Reed teammates and their shared goals.

"I'm thinking about making my decision after my senior year," he said. "Once my season starts, I'm going to try and not focus on recruiting. I'm trying to take my team to state right now, and I'm going to focus on my team."

AS DOMINANT as Siewierski looked at times last year, his upcoming season should be all the more fun to watch. This offseason, his clean climbed from 275 to 320-pounds, his squat from 405 to 500-pounds and his bench increased from 300 to 355-pounds.

Best of all, Howren said the strength gains haven't resulted in lost quickness or speed.

"The weight room has definitely become one of his second homes," said Howren. "He's proven that in his lifts. He's actually big into cross training, too. He has a set schedule where he's swimming twice a week, plays water polo one of those days, speed work twice a week and also secondary weight lifting twice a week after school."

IN 2004, Siewierski helped lead the Red Raiders to the Northern championship, racking up 80 tackles, 4 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass deflection, 1 blocked kick. Offensively, he had three carries, including a short yardage plunge for a TD. The numbers, however, don't do his play justice.

Watching tape on Siewierski's junior season, his speed, quickness and athleticism are all formidable. Video clips of the extremely athletic defensive tackle will be available to view on shortly.

"He's a guy who has a great motor, he just never stops," says Howren. "He's always flying around the field."

Siewierski did damage on special teams as well, averaging 38 yards per punt on the season.

BESIDES A GREAT pair of feet and overall quickness, Siewierski has a great change of direction for a player his size, and sports a 27 1/2 inch vertical leap. Speaking to his athleticism, the massive lineman handled with aplomb Reed's punting duties, averaging 38 yards a boot. He's also an outstanding student at Reed.

Self-described as plain ol' mean on the field, its clearly an alter ego reserved solely for the gridiron.

"The main thing too is that he's a great kid," said Howren. "So he's one of those you're really happy to see happen for him because he does work so hard."

"We had a meeting with all his teachers two weeks ago and every single one of them said what an amazing kid he is, and what a leader he is in the classroom. Nobody will disrespect a teacher (or the learning process) when he's in there. So that's something else that's pretty special about him too."

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