Playko Impressed With Northwestern

Playko Impressed With Northwestern

Lewis Center Olentangy (Ohio) recruit Kenton Playko has held offers from several MAC schools for a while now. But in the last week, schools from the Big Ten and Big East conferences have recently come calling.

Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati, and West Virginia have all offered the junior within the last week.

The Olentangy lineman also holds offers from Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, and Miami (OH).

"I'm still looking at colleges so I'm not going to put a favorite list down at the moment, he said. "I do like Northwestern right now, that's one thing for sure."

While the junior lineman remains mum on his favorites, he will admit that Northwestern, Miami (OH), and West Virginia have all impressed him the most.

In two weeks, Playko plans to make the most of his spring break by taking more visits to college campuses. The junior expects to make a decision about his future in the next couple of months.

"I'm currently discussing picking one (school) with my family and coaches," he said. "If any schools jump into the mix that would definitely change things, but I would still consider all factors."

Even with that being said, Playko seems more than impressed with the Wildcats. It might be Northwestern's race to lose.

"The academic prestige is the best, he said. I personally just love Northwestern's campus. I love their football program, period."

Those are some pretty strong words, but the high praise doesn't end there.

"(Coach Fitzgerald's) loyalty to Northwestern is one that impresses me. Every time I talk to him I can just see how much he loves football. The energy he gives off is just dynamic."

This entire process has been surreal for the Olentangy High star lineman. Two seasons ago the junior had never even played the position before.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Playko lined up at wide receiver but when a varsity coach saw potential in him as a lineman, he immediately made the switch.

"Our offensive line coach thought that I'd be a great lineman," he said. "So I was more than willing to do it."

Playko capitalized on the opportunity and now has legitimate D-1 offers to show for it.

"I always dreamed of becoming a D-1 prospect and getting a ton of offers," he said. "But at the time I never knew I was going to be a lineman. It just shows you literally that you never know what's going to happen next."

"I'm still kind of soaking it in," he said. "Right now, it's just kind of unbelievable."

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