Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 28, 2009

Zakrzewski adds third D-1 offer

Two TC West players drawing D-1 looks, too

TRAVERSE CITY -- The Division 1 football offers are starting to roll in for Matt Zakrzewski.

The Traverse City St. Francis junior, who had already received scholarship offers to Missouri and Central Michigan, added Western Michigan to the mix. The Broncos extended an offer Wednesday night. Gladiators coach Greg Vaughan expected Indiana to follow suit soon.

"It's always a surprise with every one," Zakrzewski said of Western Michigan's offer. "I sent them my stuff and they came up to talk to coach Vaughan. They saw my tape and I guess they liked what they saw."

Zakrzewski -- a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive prospect -- is about to aggressively hit college camps once school ends. He will take final exams on June 11, attend Michigan State's camp the next day, take the ACT a day later in the Lansing area and then hit the road for visits to several other schools.

"It's going to be a quick eight days," he said. "I'm going to get back, rest my legs and be ready for football season."

Zakrzewski will also work a summer job and hopes to have committed by the time the Gladiators kick off the season with Benzie Central on Aug. 28.

"That would be ideal, but I'm going to go to camp and see if I get any more offers," Zakrzewski said. "I want to make that decision before football, but if I can't honestly decide, I'll wait until after football."

The St. Francis Class of 2010 already has a Division 1 player in linebacker Max Bullough, who verbally committed to Michigan State last year. And there could be a couple more in Peter Rigan and Ben Swan.

"Schools have inquired," Vaughan said about Rigan. "Some kids get to their senior year and realize it's something they want to do. With his size and his name, some schools are interested."

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