August 16, 2011

Black Knights targeting Garden State free safety

Anyone who follows high school football knows that year after year, one of the best scholastic programs in the nation is New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep. In 2010 they earned and were bestowed with the distinction as the No. 1 high school team in the nation.

And to be perfectly honest, the Ironmen appear to be just as loaded in 2011.

Leading the charge is defensive end Darius Hamilton, who is ranked as the 5th best player in the country by Rivals.com and holds the #1 ranking for the Garden State.

But it doesn't stop with Hamilton, because if you look up and down the Bosco roster, there are several others that have multiple Division I offers, whereby some have already committed; WR, Leonte Carroo(Rutgers), Safety, Elijah Shumate(over 25 offers), CB, Yuri Wright(over 20 offers), LB, Mike Strizak(Boston College).

Not to be left out of the Bosco recruiting frenzy, the Army staff has targeted two of the Ironmen and the interest appears to be mutual.

The two players that are on the Black Knights' radar are free safety Kyle Sakowski and quarterback, Mike Yankovich, with more coming on the southpaw signal caller in our follow-up article.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to chat with the 5-foot-11, 195 pound Sakowski yesterday about his upcoming season, his recruiting and his unofficial visit to Army.

"We're looking pretty good and have a lot of starters coming back," shares Sakowski, who runs a 4.55 forty and helps stabilize Bosco's defense from his free safety position. "We are pretty strong right now and we're just looking forward to the season and getting things going. Free safety

So how does Sakowski describe his style of play? "Well my coaches like to describe me as being a hard nose player who likes to get into the play," he adds. "I am one of the bigger free safety we have had in a while at Bosco. I look forward to seeing the wide receiver come across the middle."

In 2010, the free flow safety registered 36 tackles, as well pulling down 4 interceptions.

And free flow is what Sakowski is hoping will unfold during his senior campaign.

"Well, 2010 ... it was my first year starting and I was playing to cautious, but this year I'm trying to change that and let everything loose," declares Sakowski.

Although Sakowski plays for New Jersey based Don Bosco, he resides in Chester, New York, which means that he is right next door to the West Point campus or more specifically, 15 minutes away.

The safety prospect has already been on campus several times, but he along with teammate Yankovich made a recent unofficial visit to check out the program.

"My unofficial visit to Army .... I loved it," states Sakowski. "I live right around the corner so I have been there several times. I loved it there, the facilities are great, very welcoming and the coaches are great ... the coaches said they really like me and what to get me up there."

"I even played there when I was younger in a championship game."

Sakowski's recruiting for Army is being handled by Tucker Waugh. "He's a very nice guy," notes Sakowski. "The first time I spoke to him, we talked for about 40 minutes."

But the Black Knights aren't the only team showing interest according to the New York native.

"I am hearing from Temple and Rutgers, along with New Hampshire, Delaware, Richmond and one of my favorite Patriot League school is Lafayette," he says..

So where does Sakowski stand with Army? "West Point ... I am really looking into it and decide if I want to pursue the military career," he adds. "My uncle graduated from West Point and he has been talking to me."

Bosco will open up their season September 10th versus California power, Mission Viejo.

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