August 20, 2009

California lineman interested in CSU visit

The recruitment of Sherman Oaks (Calif.) offensive center Ben Gottschalk has delivered two absolutes. The first is the big man is in demand on college campuses around the country. The second is the fact he just isn't sure where he wants to go, but he has a plan in place.

I don't know where I want to go yet," he said. "It's a very confusing process."

Gottschalk owns a frame of 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds and has gotten it to run a 4.85 time in the 40-yard dash, lift 325 pounds on the bench press and 475 in the squat. Academically, he carries a 2.9 grade-point average and a 25 in the ACT.

Colorado State is one of several schools offering Gottschalk. The offer list includes San Diego State, UNLV, Iowa State, Nevada and New Mexico State. Gottschalk believes Washington will also be offering soon. His mailbox also commonly receives mail from Notre Dame, Oregon and Utah.

Gottschalk's Notre Dame High School went 11-1 last season before losing to Orange Lutheran in the second round of the Division I playoffs. Along the way, he was named All-League, the most valuable lineman in his league and All-State by both and
This season Gottschalk said his team returns a lot of seniors, strong returning lines and have started two-a-days. While the physical part of the game has been taxing, he said there is a new aspect of practice he is getting used to.

"It is kind of like a different position," Gottschalk said. "I am not really used to it. As a sophomore I always looked up to the seniors. Last year I took up a leadership role as a junior. This year is it kind of cool that the freshman look up to me like a legend.

"Right now, I want to look for a school I am going to have fun at and enjoy the next four or five years at. I don't want to be stuck . Want o enjoy myself, but I will be able to leave prepared. I want to make some money coming out of my first year and be successful whether it be the NFL or whatever I major in."

Colorado State Quarterbacks Coach and California native Daren Wilkinson is recruiting Gottschalk for the Rams. Thus far the message has been well-received by Gottschalk.

"It is one of the schools I really, really want to visit," Gottschalk said. "I can't because I am busy. My dad and oldest brother who is now 21 too visited Colorado State two years ago and they said it was beautiful. I hold an offer from them right now. They are really high on my list because it is that mysterious school. I haven't seen it, I don't know what to expect, but I want to go see it for myself."

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