May 27, 2010

Arizona lineman up to 10 offers

Glendale (Ariz.) offensive tackle Ryan Nowicki has worked hard to get coaches to research him for the past two years. Now, he is taking the time to research his new suitors. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Glendale tackle holds 10 scholarship offers and is now trying to figure out what he thinks of the choices he has available to him.

"Every day, I research everyone. I go over everyone's background. I am not sure what I want, but a good personal connection with the coaches and somewhere I fit."

Nowicki said he has been told by college coaches that they like his physicality and his feet. Last season the Glendale road grader was named All-Region and All-State for the State Champion Cactus High School Cobras. In the weight room Nowicki claims a bench press of 356 pounds, a squat of 480 and a 40-yard dash of 5.0.

Thanks to his play and measurables, Nowicki holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Duke, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington and Washington State.

Nowicki said he is playing in a spread, no-huddle offense, but isn't tied to a spread in college. He said despite playing in a spread, his team ran more than it passed, something he feels helped make him a well-rounded blocker. He also said he is looking for a coach who is willing to push him to be his best.

"The thing about Cactus is our coach pushes us," Nowicki said. "I think he is the hardest coach out there. Every day during the summer we are doing something to get better. If I didn't play at Cactus, I don't think I would be half as good as I am right now, just because of the way the coaches push me."

Steve Fairchild and Pat Meyer of Colorado State hope to fit that role for Nowicki. Daren Wilkinson is recruiting Nowicki for the Rams, who offered Nowicki last week.

"I just started doing stuff with them, so I haven't had a lot of time to research them," Nowicki said. "Right now I really like them. They are a good powerhouse team and it seems like a nice atmosphere to learn in."

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