Trip Report: Greg Tomczyk

Greg Tomczyk is a 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman from the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey, and if he had been told at the beginning of the recruiting process he would take an official visit to Washington, he would have not believed it. Well, here he was this past weekend, in Seattle, Wash., checking out his college options.

"I went with one of my teammates (Ernest Owusu) and my parents," Tomczyk told about his official visit to Washington. "It was a great trip. I loved it."

When Tomczyk was asked about what stood out on his trip, he didn't hesitate. "The coaching staff was the best aspect of the trip," he said. "I think it was just the whole way they treated us, you could tell that it wasn't just for show. They have the players' best interests in mind. They are fully involved in everything you do. Coach (Mike) Denbrock, Coach (Randy) Hart, Coach (Tyrone) Willingham...all were really great."

Cameron Elisara was Tomcyzk's host, and it sounds like Elisara let the coaches do all the selling for the program. "He didn't talk too much about it, that was mostly coach Willingham," Tomczyk said. "He really let you know where you stood. He definitely told you how it is."

Tomczyk is recruited as a big athlete, a player that could play on either the offensive or defensive lines. Did the UW coaches clear up where they think he could make the biggest impact? "Right now I have no idea, but I'm sure they'll let me know," he said. "They love me on either side of the ball."

So out of 10, how did Tomczyk rate his second official visit? "I'd give it a 9, 10 at least," he said. "There wasn't one thing about the trip I didn't like. It was my first time on the west coast and I had a great experience. I really liked Seattle, with all the water and mountains there too."

Tomczyk will visit Louisville this next weekend, but with UL Head Coach Bobby Petrino taking the Atlanta Falcons job, it could throw a serious wrench into Tomczyk's plans. But for right now, everything is still on schedule.

"I talked to one of their coaches last night, and he hadn't been in their offices, so he didn't know a lot of the details, but as of right now I'm still taking my trip this coming weekend," he said. "I'm very curious to see who his replacement is going to be. If it's a coach that's going to continue what's going on, then I'll still consider them - like his brother Paul (Petrino)."

Tomczyk also mentioned Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe and Boise State's Chris Petersen as names that have been thrown out there as possible replacements for Petrino. When he finds out more, and if it's determined that Louisville isn't going to be a school of interest, he did say that there are other schools he'd consider visiting if that were to happen. "I've only visited two schools (Missouri and Washington), and was hoping to make my decision after the Louisville trip, but if it isn't what I like, I might take other trips."

Greg Tomczyk Profile Top Stories