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Class of 2017 OL Alex Palczewski (IL) Verbal to Illinois

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting Forum' started by CuseLegacy, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. CuseLegacy

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    Offers from Illinois, Vandy, Syracuse
     
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    Pretty late offer. Moving on from Hunt ?

    It's an interesting offer to try and bring in another lineman this late in the process. Or maybe they're looking to add 2 more?
     
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    He might also be a late bloomer that didn't have a lot of tape until after his senior year. Not sure if that's actually the case, could be a combination of both since I don't think we're landing Hunt.
     
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    Agree I think Hunt ends up a Terp. Looks like this kid did not get any of his offers until the past two weeks. Illinois seems to be a favorite but let's see what happens now that we are involved.
     
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    "When senior Alex Palczewski was informed that a fractured a bone in his neck closed the books on his junior season after just one game, he would have laughed at the proposition that in just one year’s time, power-five colleges would be offering him full-ride scholarships to play the sport he has grown up loving.

    But today, that’s exactly the case, as the 270-pound, 6-foot-6 offensive tackle has received official offers from Illinois, Syracuse and Vanderbilt, and Indiana, Western Michigan and North Carolina State have demonstrated interest in his talents.

    “The one thing that I always compare it to is being picked first in dodgeball,” Palczewski said. “It’s like, ‘Hey, they want me.’ It’s pretty cool.”

    Despite not having any colleges scouting him at games, Palczewski was still able to get this interest almost out of the blue thanks to his offensive line coach and social science teacher Tim Beishir.

    The interest started pouring in when Beishir compiled and posted a video of highlights from Palczewski’s senior season to the website Hudl, a platform many collegiate athletics programs use to discover high school talent.

    Most prospective Division-I athletes begin to raise the eyebrows of college coaches throughout their junior seasons. Since Palczewski’s was cut short, Beishir’s videos, the most notable of which were posted in mid-November, were the first opportunities colleges have had to see what Palczewski can do on the field.

    “There would have been a lot of interest in him previously, but he didn’t play his junior year, so it’s been a wild and crazy time since that film came out,” Beishir said. “Usually this process takes place over the period of about a year, and we’re doing it in six weeks. So it’s been a whirlwind.”

    Now that video has nearly 1,500 views, and Palczewski says he is overwhelmed, but in a good way.

    “I really didn’t see this coming,” Palczewski said. “I knew I would be able to get interest from smaller colleges, but I didn’t think Big Ten schools would be calling.”

    But around the corner is a dead period where the NCAA doesn’t allow coaches to meet with potential recruits from Dec. 12 to Jan. 13 before he has to officially sign his letter of intent by Feb. 6. Palczewski says he will take this time to take a step back and think everything over.

    “My number one thing is having a great relationship with [the school’s] offensive line coach,” Palczewski said. “The one thing that I loved here at Prospect was me and Mr. Beishir having a great relationship. And I think if I have one of those in college, that will make me be the best player possible.”

    He dreams of someday playing in the NFL, but says that he will look for a school that will give him a solid foundation for a career pathway and success after football in either construction management or physical therapy.

    “I’m a bit nervous. Making a decision is going to be tough,” Palczewski said. “But I know the decision that I make with the gut feeling I have … is going to be the right one.”
     
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    Love this kids aspirations and size. Perfect fit for our O. Athletic, big, lean, and last but not least, Polish power!
     
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    It is going to be hard to get him out of his home state, good to see other kids working him
     
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    Massive solid frame with great flexibility and lateral movement for his size. He's a mauler, places and uses his hands well, the wild flailing will go away when he adds some functional strength. Will need to lower pad level and get alot stronger. Very good developmental prospect, would be a solid add to this class.
     
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    He definitely would be a good fit for HCDB. There is a lot of room to work with that 6'-7" frame, like 35-40 lbs. of muscle. RS him and hit S&C and then can you say beast. lol
     
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    Agreed...kinda lanky right now. If he has any hands at all...he could be a great TE if he stays on the leaner side. If he RShirts and gains 20 lbs he could play as a RFr.
     
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    Guys like this are great recruits. The staff likes the taller, leaner OL prospects. Fitness is huge and its easier to put 20 lbs of lean mass on rather than shave 20# of adipose.
     
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    UNC staff visit.
     
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    I write this as someone who is a fist generation, pure-bred Pole... forget Dinosaur. The coaches need to take him to dinner at Eva's Polish Sweets (restaurant), which was featured on DDD. Authentic Polish cuisine and a taste of home.
    Witamy!
     
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    Forward to staff