Much took place with Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic during a trying season, but there is one anomaly worth noting in the path defensive end Kurt Holuba is choosing.
Holuba, who is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, is shunning a chance to play BCS football for an Ivy League education.
Prior to the season Holuba had a top five of Stanford, Virginia, Duke, Florida State and Wisconsin, and he held verbal offers from each.
However, he is now focused on Princeton, Harvard and Yale.
“I switched my mind,” Holuba said as to why he is looking solely at the Ivy League schools. “It’s what I want to do with a life decision. It’s what I want do with my life. I couldn’t be more excited by it.
“Academics are a big thing in my family. Both of my brothers played Ivy League football and I felt like it was the right fit for me.”
Holuba made the comments after Saturday’s 44-6 loss to Paramus (N.J.) Catholic ended the Crusaders’ season at 2-7, a far decent for a program that lost in the closing seconds of the state title game in 2012 and entered the season with hopes of finishing the year in the nation’s Top 50.
He has 66 tackles, including 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss, and said the difficulty of the season taught him plenty.
“A lot of things,” he said of what was learned. “Way more than any season in my entire life. To have this type of failure in terms of (losses) has taught me way more about being a leader, way more about being a team and working through tough times. This season has taught me a lot.”
Holuba added he tried to keep the Crusaders motivated despite the losses.
“It was just finding any way possible to get our guys going, stay positive and just getting back to work and trying to find a way to get better every day,” Holuba said. “That’s kind of what we pride ourselves on, to get better every day and keep working.”
So, what is next for Holuba in recruiting?
“I’ll probably take some officials to my top three in the Ivy League this offseason; Princeton, Harvard and Yale,” he said. “I’m not sure right now.”