May 10, 2012

Center Grove tight end visiting

Greenwood tight end Nate Wozniak has been to Purdue a couple times before, taking in a junior day and a spring practice, but he's looking to learn more about the Boilers on trip No. 3.

That comes Friday.

"I'm hoping to learn a little bit more about the campus," the 6-foot-9, 255-pounder at Center Grove said. "I haven't really been around it that much. But I know when I'm going to be up there, I'm going to learn more about their actual school and maybe more about what I would study, if I decide to go there.

"But I know I'll be able to talk a little football with the coaches, so I'm kind of looking forward to that, as well."

Wozniak, however, isn't in a hurry to make a college decision, especially with his recruiting heating up of late. In addition to offers from Purdue, Indiana and Minnesota, two others have come on board of late: Miami (Fla.) and Cincinnati. He's also getting interest from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois.

"It's always humbling to get those kind of offers," Wozniak said of BCS schools Cincy and Miami. "It's good to know that programs like those two would love for you to become a part of them.

"I was kind of in awe of Miami, because I know of the prestige of their program. It kind of put me in a little bit of shock, but I haven't had a chance to go down there. I'm not too sure what to think about it yet."

But Wozniak has gotten a feeling about the Boilermakers, based on his first couple trips, and likes what he's seen.

"From the facilities and getting to talk to the coaches a little bit," he said. "I had a chance to go up to a spring practice and I really like the intensity, the way they work. It kind of impressed me."

Wozniak's not a prototypical tight end, with height and weight that might be significantly more than most of his classmates at the same position. But he says he uses his stature to his advantage.

"I think it helps me a lot with my blocking ability, probably foremost," he said. "It really helps me lock into people and drive them with the leverage that I have. And then, when we do pass - and it's not that often because we run a Wing-T at Center Grove - I'm one of the big targets as a tight end going over the middle."

But the height has led some to speculate Wozniak could be an offensive tackle in college. He's been recruited, he says, as a tight end, and would prefer to stay there.

"But if I was able to get a lot bigger, to the point where I would be able to move to offensive tackle, that would be fine with me," he said. "If someone would want me to make the change."

Wozniak's taking his time with recruiting. He'd like to get to Minnesota and Miami, two of those with offers from outside the Midwest, sometime this summer. He's looking for a good fit.

"I'm kind of just looking to see where I can make a big impact wherever I go," Wozniak said, "and get a lot better, develop as a football player and a student as well in whatever I decide to study."

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