Louisville Wozniak's first BCS offer

Brian Wozniak

Brian Wozniak, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end from Loveland (OH) High, has been getting strong recruiting interest from several Mid-American Conference schools. Now, several BCS programs are starting to catch on to Wozniak's talent, including Louisville, who just became Wozniak's first big-time offer.

Brian Wozniak, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end from Loveland (OH) High, has been getting strong recruiting interest from several Mid-American Conference schools. Now, several BCS programs are starting to catch on to Wozniak's talent, including Louisville, who just became Wozniak's first big-time offer.

"I was excited and my whole family was excited," Wozniak said. "I've been to Louisville twice and I like it a lot. I went down for their junior day and their spring game. When I went down there I thought the coaching staff was run really well, their facilities are top-notch and I thought it was fun watching them practice before the spring game."

"I spoke to Coach (Jeff) Brohm last night," said Wozniak. "He just said he was real excited about me. He came in last Thursday and hadn't seen any film of me he had just seen me in person. He sat down and watched film with my coach and he just loved me on film."

"Coach Brohm called (Monday) night and verbally offered a scholarship over the phone and supposedly the letter is in the mail," said Loveland coach Andrew Marlett. "So we're very excited about that. Coach Brohm was up here last week, met Brian in person and watched a little tape and was very impressed."

Though Wozniak plays on both sides of the ball in high school, Louisville is recruiting him strictly as a tight end. Wozniak possess long arms, solid athletic ability and has demonstrated the ability to run good routes and catch the ball consistently.

"He's a 6-5 1/2, 230-pound tight end/outside linebacker," Marlett said. "We use him in some traditional tight end sets and we will also use split him out and use him more as a wide receiver and try to get some matchups against smaller corners. He's a force to be reckoned with."

"Louisville is looking at him as a tight end," added Marlett. "Coach Brohm was explaining how one (Gary Barndidge) got drafted and another signed as a free agent with the Ravens (Scott Kuhn) and that they lost their top two tight ends. They're looking to restock their tight end stables."

"Louisville is somewhere Brian is really considering, particularly as a result of locality only being an hour and a half from home, the coaching staff and tradition and also the fact that they need tight ends, " said Marlett.

As a junior, Wozniak made 22 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Several Mid-American Conference programs have already offered and lots of BCS-caliber programs besides Louisville are showing interest, including Duke, Wisconsin, Iowa, West Virginia and Connecticut.

"Louisville is the biggest (offer) so far," Wozniak said. "I have eight offers altogether, most of them from the MAC. Right now we're in the process of probably going to some Big 10 camps, maybe some SEC camps in June."

"The BCS schools have been nibbling," Marlett said. "Wisconsin and Iowa have been in here. All the Big Ten schools have been in here. About every Big East school. The MAC schools jumped on him early and now some of the BCS schools are following suit. He might need to go to some one-day camps to get an offer from an Iowa or Wisconsin. I've not had a coach leave here that said they're not interested. He passes the eye test."

Wozniak, who also stars on the basketball court, plans to camp at Wisconsin and also is considering attending camp at West Virginia, Connecticut, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa .

"Going to these camps in June I think I'll be able to make my decision this summer. It would be nice to make an early decision. I like the Big 10, the Big East and the SEC. But there's no league I'd like to play in over another. It's really important that I go to a college that throws to the tight end a lot. Coach (Brohm) talked about his two tight ends both going to the NFL now and I know that Louisville throws to the tight end a lot."

Wozniak said he'd like to attend Louisville's camp to get chemistry down with tight end coach Greg Nord.

"Woz is a two-sport star and is a great kid.," said Marlett. "He does great in the classroom."

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