Top OL recruit has UF on radar
Published: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
At this year's Friday Night Lights, most players were in a position to compete against the kind of talent they may see after deciding to play Division I college football.
Others, including offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, who was in street clothes, took advantage of the showcase at Florida Field to get a chance to meet as many people as he could sprinkled within the array of players and coaches.
The reason is because Florida remains on his radar.
"They have already offered me a scholarship and have expressed how I would fill one of their four open offensive tackle slots," Bisnowaty said.
"I felt as if roaming around, getting to meet all of the current players and coaches would be more to my overall recruiting advantage. I have talked to coach (Will) Muschamp before and seeing them in action was great, especially coach (Charlie) Weis, who is such a great guy and has an unbelievable knowledge of the game."
Being from Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., Bisnowaty grew up a University of Pittsburgh fan. The Panthers are among several schools such as Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida, among others, who want to sign the highly sought after 6-foot-6, 275-pound four-star tackle. Bisnowaty is rated by Rivals.com at No. 5 overall in his home state and No. 21 nationally at his position.
"I went into this thing with no bias, especially because I grew up a Pitt guy," Bisnowaty said. "Florida has done everything impressive.
"At this point, it is all about what school is the best fit for me academically as much as athletically, and UF definitely is one of the best at both."
Bisnowaty did spotlight academics to be a must-have for him to commit as he plans on majoring in kinesiology.
"Look at it like this," he said. "If football was taken away from me, what would be the better fit for me as a student?"
Bisnowaty is also a member of the Fox Chapel wrestling team where he was all-state, all-academic and was listed as one of the top six wrestlers in western Pennsylvania during his junior year last season.
"Wrestling teaches you a lot about leverage and arm control, which is what the offensive line is all about," Bisnowaty said. "So with football you can add the individual side — the one-on-one with the guy in front of you — to the team-sport aspect."
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