December 12, 2009

Gurski makes an impression on CSU coaches

Joe Gurski made the trip from California to Colorado last weekend in hopes of picking up his first scholarship offer. While he didn't leave with the offer he had hoped for, he said he did have a great time in Fort Collins and used his film to make an impression on the Colorado State coaching staff.

"They have one scholarship left for an o-linemen and they are checking out about six," Gurski said Monday. "They want a guy who can do a lot and I can play either guard or tackle, so they like me. Coach Fairchild said they said they like me, but it wouldn't be fair to ask me to commit since I got in late on Saturday and didn't have time to meet any of the players."

Gurski is a 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Valley Center High School in California. Gurski was named First Team All-League this season and Second Team All-North County. In the weight room he boasts a 285-pound bench press, a 365-pound squat and 5.0 time in the 40-yard dash. While he is waiting for his first scholarship offer, he has been in regular contact with Colorado State, through his recruiting contact Anthoney Hill, as well as Washington, Colorado and Washington State, which visited him at his school on Monday.

Gurski is something of a late bloomer on the recruiting scene due to the fact he lost his junior year to a torn MCL and a dislocated kneecap. While his junior season didn't allow him to get much tape to colleges, he is now able to show them video of his efforts during a 12-1 Valley Center season.

"For my size, I can move really well and in the weight room I am not that strong, but on the field I put kids down," Gurski said. "I have a nasty streak in me that coaches like. I play smart and I play hard."

Last weekend Gurski was able to show that film to Colorado State Offensive Line Coach Pat Meyer and Head Coach Steve Fairchild in person as he visited Fort Collins. Gurski was hosted by his friend and high school teammate Jason Klingerman, now a CSU fullback. Among the highlights for Gurski was seeing Hughes Stadium lit up at night, meeting Meyer and eating as much as he could get his hands on.

"We ate a lot," Gurski said with a laugh. "We ate so much. It was all so good, but we ate a lot and I was having fun with that. I flew in on Saturday because I had a game Friday night. One of their academic people picked me up at 8 a.m. He took me around Fort Collins and that was really cool. Then we met with the other coaches at Lubick's Steakhouse. We got to meet the strength coach, the position coaches and academic advisors and then saw the facilities.

For now, Gurski has a visit planned to Seattle to see the University of Washington in Jan. and will continue to look for his first offer. He thinks there is a chance he will continue to hear from Colorado State.

"They are really interested in me. I like them a lot and they like me," Gurski added.

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