Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon) is doing what he can to balance the recruiting process with a run at the California record books during his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is 158 yards shy of setting the state career receiving record, but he took an opportunity to this past weekend to dive into the recruiting process with an official visit to Minnesota.
It was Wolitarsky’s first official visit as well as his first trip ever to the Midwest.
“It was really cool,” Wolitarsky said. “It was a lot better than I expected. It was definitely colder than I was used to, but not too bad. It went down to about 45 degrees and was rainy and windy, but the trip was great.”
Wolitarsky said he enjoyed getting to know the players and had a chance to spend some one-on-one time with the Golden Gophers coaches, including quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski and wide receivers coach Pat Poore. He said on Friday night he was able to run through some of Minnesota’s offensive plays with Zebrowski and watch film with Poore.
As for game day, Wolitarsky said he was very impressed with the locker room and the stadium itself. He said he could feel the energy from the team’s 3-0 start, which turned into a 4-0 start after a 17-10 victory over Syracuse.
“The players told me I came at a perfect time because they’re 3-0 and everyone is starting to get back into Minnesota football,” Wolitarsky said. “Every seat was full. It was loud and the team played well.”
Wolitarsky said he wants to go through the entire process and take all five of his official visits before making a decision, but the Golden Gophers positioned themselves nicely with this trip.
“Even before I went there, they were probably No. 1 or No. 2 on my list because of the coaching staff and how much contact they have had with me,” Wolitarsky said. “They are still definitely one of my top schools, especially after seeing the campus. But I still want to get my visits in and I don’t want to make a hasty decision and then change my mind later.”
He will concentrate on the remainder of his senior season before picking up his visit schedule in December. Though they aren’t officially set yet, he said he will likely take official visits to Army and San Jose State during the first two weekends in December. He said those schools will definitely receive visits, and, at this point, if no additional offers are extended, his final two trips will be to San Diego State and Hawaii.
But for now, the countdown is on at Canyon High School, as Wolitarsky also needs 49 catches to top the state’s career mark in that category as well. He said there is a noticeable difference this season, as opposing teams don’t want to be the one to allow the record catch.
“There are three defenders on me pretty much each play,” Wolitarsky said. “There’s a ‘backer, a corner and a safety on top. They’re definitely trying to stop me, but I’m still trying to get my catches.”