Making plays in green and white will be something Mitch Stanitzek gets to continue to do in college. The Grand Rapids West Catholic senior committed to Ron English and the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Tuesday and says English and his staff were an important part of that decision.
"I really love all coaches and the community. The biggest thing was academics, they had the major I'm interested in and that fit together and all came together."
At 6'3, 215-pounds, Stanitzek lines up on both sides of the ball in high school, but the plan at EMU will start him out at tight end. His position coach there will be Tom Burpee, who was also his area recruiter and like the rest of the staff, made their newest commit feel comfortable in Ypsilanti.
"They were really inviting when I first got to talking to them and I could see myself playing under them. They know what they're talking about and that made me want to be with them for the nest few years."
Naturally, they were equally excited to hear that Stanitzek was coming on board.
"They were really pumped. [Coach Burpee] said I made his night. I got to talk to the offensive line coach and another coach and I talked to Coach English a little bit and they were excited."
West Catholic is expected to again challenge for a state title this season. With the season kicking off Friday against Muksegon Oakridge, Stanitzek made sure his recruitment was not going to be a distraction during the year.
"That really made it. I wanted to put that aside and focus on our team. Recruiting is a great thing and I'll have the opportunity to play at the next level, but I'm focusing on my team and our goals we have right now and I'm glad to get it out of the way and head towards our team goals."