June 5, 2013

Jersey DE high on Spartan board

This fall Michigan Stet is expect to field one of the top defensive lines in the Big Ten. Two of the starters on that line are from the state of New Jersey. Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi would like to have more Garden State talent in East Lansing and that is why the Spartans have offered Kurt Holuba of Bergen Catholic High School. SpartanMag.com was able to catch-up with the 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect and get the details on his recruitment.

Holuba is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and the #20 prospect in New Jersey for the class of 2014. That ranking could be a bit low considering he holds scholarships from Michigan State, Florida State, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Boston College and several other BCS schools.

One of the reasons why college coaches like Holuba so much is that he comes from a family that knows what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. His father played at Penn State University, his brother played at Princeton and he has a sister that played lacrosse at Virginia.

SpartanMag.com spoke with Holuba about the contact he has had with Michigan State University

"I've been in frequent contact with coach Narduzzi. He likes my toughness and just the way i play the game."

With his size and work rate it is only natural to compare Holuba to current Spartan starting defensive end Marcus Rush. The fact that they both went to schools at powerhouse catholic program is another similarity. The Spartans likely see Holuba as a player who could come in and red-shirt and then challenge for the spot vacated when Rush graduates and moves on to the next level.

We asked Holuba about his thoughts on Michigan State and his summer plans.

"Haven't seen Michigan State yet, but I'm going to be visiting a few schools in the next couple weeks. I know Michigan State has always had a great defense and a great d-line. I'm looking for a good academic school with a great football program."

Holuba has mentioned that he may camp at Notre Dame. If he does head out to South Bend, a trip up to East Lansing to see Michigan State is probable. Many kids from the east coast like to hit Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State when making a Midwestern trip.

Holuba is not is a hurry to make his college decision. He could make it prior to his senior year, but has not problem taking it into the fall and taking a few official visits after his season. More than anything, Holuba indicated that he is focused on doing whatever it takes to help his team win the championship.

"We should be really good this fall. We've got a lot of good players returning and some younger kids are going to step up so it's going to be a great season."

Holuba's recruitment is a great example of why it could pay-off that Michigan State is in the Big Ten East Division. Not only is the east where the best competition is, but it also would bring games to Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland. I fully expect Michigan State, and specifically the Big Ten East schools, to have a much greater presence in New Jersey due to this factor.

In addition to being a standout player on the gridiron, Holuba is also a very good lacrosse player. He just finished his junior season for Bergen Catholic High School. The Crusaders ended the season rated one of the top programs in New Jersey.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Holuba in the coming weeks. If he does make it to East Lansing, we will be sure to get quotes about his time spent campus with the staff and his thoughts on the school and football program.

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