The Eastern Michigan Eagles came over the the western side of the state and offered one of the Grand Rapids area's top seniors to be, Grand Rapids West Catholic's Mitch Stanitzek this summer. Now EMU is hoping he won't have to change his high school colors (green and white) for college.
"I was ecstatic really excited have an offer," he said. "I couldn't have done without my coach and teammates. They helped put me in this position. My coach helped me out a lot."
Able to play either side of the ball, Stanitzek was known as more of a defensive end as a recruit, but that recently changed, at least as far as EMU is concerned.
"I like Eastern a lot, it's pretty close by. I'm in contact with Coach Burpee a lot. They were looking at me for tight end and defensive end, but he saw me at 7 on 7 tournament at tight end and they said either right now. I just did a campus visit, checked out the whole campus and they're definitely up there."
That said, the Eagles may have some competition from MAC foes.
"I'm doing some visits pretty soon here. Western Michigan asked me to come down to their first camp and then asked me to come down a second time. Northern Illinois wants me to come down, I've been in touch with Coach Niemann and they've been sending me some mail. Miami Ohio saw me at one of MSU's camps and they're asking me to come down sometime soon. Before the summer period, I did some junior days at Toledo, Western, EMU and then Central Michigan is a little interested."
As for a decision date, Stanitzek says, "It's something me and my parents have been talking about a lot. We're taking it slow right now, but we'll see as it comes. We've talked about maybe getting it out of way and worry about my senior football season and playing with my teammates."
West Catholic has had a great run during Stanitzek's time at the school. They were state champions in 2010 and were the runner-up last year. With this being his final high school season, he is hoping to lead his team deep into the playoffs again.
"Coach Rohn sets standards and we were able to come together at our father-son retreat and talk about our goals. We want to keep our conference win streak, it's at 40 games. Our other goals are winning every game at home, going undefeated, and to make it to what we call the third season, playoff season, and get to the state championship again."