Tomczyk has Husky visit scheduled

Greg Tomczyk is a player who didn't garner much D-1 interest out of high school so he decided to head to the Hun School and hone his skills. The move has paid off in spades and he's scheduled his second and third official visits for the first two weeks in January and he may be ready to make his decision soon thereafter.

"I was recruited by a lot of 1AA schools and had an offer from Temple, but I decided that prep school would be the best move for me," Tomczyk told "I was recruited by bigger schools like Virginia, Penn State and Rutgers and schools like that, but my main problem was my weight. They said I needed to get my weight up because I was so rangy and it's really helped me get more attention."

Tomczyk, who measures in at 6-5, weighed 265 as a senior, but has bulked up to 285 after a year in Hun's great weight-training program. He also boasts a 4.8 forty time, a 34-inch vertical and a 330 pound bench press.

He claims offers from 15 schools now, but is focusing on five – Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisville and Washington.

"I'm heading to Washington on January 5th and Louisville on January 12th," Tomczyk said. "I already visited Missouri the second week of December and that was a great visit."

Former Husky assistant Gary Pinkel is the head coach of the Tigers and he made an impression on the big man from the Garden State.

"Coach Pinkel is a great guy," Tomczyk said. "He's got that program on the upswing there and when you look at it you can see coach Pinkel has really taken it and made it go in a positive direction.

"I know in a few years they'll be near the top of the Big 12 and a perennial top 20 team at least, if not top 10. They have their act together, they know what they want to do and they know how they want to do it and the plans working because they had a good year this year and I'm sure it's just going to get better from there."

Equally impressive to Tomczyk was his two-hour meeting with Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham at his school in early December.

"Coach Willingham has a great relationship with our head coach from his time at Notre Dame," Tomczyk said. "Coach Willingham came to our school in December and he talked with me and Ernie (Owusu) and we really loved what he had to say and we took it from there.

"Whenever you speak to him you get blown away by his words. He sat down and talked with me and Ernest for two hours and in the first hour we didn't even talk about football. We talked about what the school could give us besides football and the way he talked to us was huge and that's how I came to take the visit to Washington."

Husky assistant Bob Simmons has also made his presence felt in Tomczak's recruitment.

"Coach Simmons came out and saw my mom and dad at work and coach Willingham also called my parents two Fridays ago now and talked with them," Tomczyk said. "They were really impressed with both of them."

Another factor working in the Huskies' favor is Tomczyk's teammate and Washington commit Austin Sylvester.

"Austin is a great player," Tomczyk noted. "He flew under the radar a lot this year, but I know Washington is getting one hell of a player. I'm not sure if they're taking him as a linebacker of fullback yet, but he's a guy who will let you know he's there on every down and as a fullback he's like having a guard in the backfield. He really crushes people. Being a lineman it's great to have a guy behind you like that.

"Then on defense, with me being a tackle, you know that every single snap he's going to be at the ball drilling people. He's a madman on the field, but off the field he's one of the nicest guys and one of the most awesome guys I've ever met."

So what type of a player is Tomczyk?

"I'm being recruited to play offense or defense," Tomczyk said. "I'm open to both. I just like to play football so I don't mind either side of the ball.

"My motor never stops going. I'm always on the go. I'm a real "up the field" type of a player. I'm real aggressive and intense when I'm on the field. I'll sack a quarterback or on offense I'll make a block in the secondary down the field to help win the game for my team."

Tomczyk has never been to the west coast before, but he said he's excited to visit Washington and then take his trip to Louisville. "After those two visits, I'll sit down and decide whether or not I even need to take anymore," Tomczyk said. "I could be committed pretty quickly after that or I could take more. We'll just take it from there and see where we are."

Tomczyk doesn't plan to graduate early, preferring to finish his time at The Hun School in May and then head to whichever school he signs with during the summer.

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