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2019 OL Andrew Kristofic talks Badgers scholarship offer
Scholarship offers are beginning to pour in for Andrew Kristofic, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound offensive tackle from Gibsonia, Pa. In the past 10 days, he has received offers from West Virginia, Princeton, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Even before that stretch, Kristofic held offers from Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Toledo, Buffalo and Akron. There are surely more to come as Kristofic continues his junior season at Pine-Richland High School. But Wisconsin has emerged early as one of the schools that has piqued Kristofic’s curiosity.
Kristofic visited Wisconsin’s campus this summer and was shown the facilities by offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph. On Sunday, Rudolph called Kristofic to offer him a scholarship.
Rudolph and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst have previous ties to Pittsburgh, where Chryst served as head coach from 2012-14 and Rudolph worked as his offensive coordinator. That connection has resonated with Kristofic, whose father, David, played on the offensive and defensive line for Pitt from 1989-93.
“I know what Paul Chryst is kind of about being from Pittsburgh and everything,” Kristofic told Land of 10. “I’ve always kind of been a Pitt fan, and he was at Pitt with Coach Rudolph and some of those guys for a couple years there. So I kind of got to see them work with the team first-hand for a couple years. Obviously, they’re doing a great job with Wisconsin now.”
Since 2011, nine Badgers offensive linemen have become NFL draft picks. Kristofic said the quality and tradition of Wisconsin’s offensive line appealed to him.
“That’s one thing you can never overlook,” Kristofic said. “I know Paul Chryst and Coach Rudolph do a great job with the offensive line there, and getting them to the next level as well. That’s definitely something that’s very attractive about that school for sure.”
Kristofic attended camps this summer at Michigan State and Penn State, and those Big Ten schools remain high on his list. He unofficially visited Penn State last weekend for the Nittany Lions’ 33-14 victory against Pitt and intends to visit Penn State for its next home game this Saturday against Georgia State.
But Kristofic also is trying to make time for visits to schools outside the area, including Wisconsin. He said he would like to visit Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Hopefully it works out where I could maybe see the Michigan game or the Iowa game there,” Kristofic said of Wisconsin. “Those are the two biggest games at home this year. Just because the times for the games aren’t out yet and our schedule for high school isn’t 100 percent locked up yet, it’s kind of going to depend. But definitely at some point this year, heading back out to Wisconsin to see a game and visit again.”
Kristofic is 3-star prospect who is rated as the No. 12 player in Pennsylvania for the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He said he maintains a 3.75 or 3.8 grade-point average and earns A’s and B’s in mostly honors classes. His said his athleticism and size are two of his biggest advantages on the field, which allow him to finish blocks and spring teammates for huge gains.
Although Kristofic has a family history at Pittsburgh, he is keeping tabs on several program at this stage.
“Definitely all doors are open right now,” Kristofic said. “I’m looking into all kinds of different options at the moment. I’ve grown up in Pittsburgh and my dad played at Pitt, so definitely Pitt has always been a team that’s always been right here. So I’ve gotten to really experience that.
“At the same time, I haven’t really gotten to experience much at other schools. So the recruiting process has been nice because it’s shown me some other schools and some other things that I haven’t seen before. So it’s been fun getting to see different things and what all the other schools have to offer as well. The biggest thing I can stress is that I’m open to all things right now and that I’m definitely not writing anyone off, no matter the distance from home.”
Two 2020 hoops prospects take unofficial visits to Wisconsin
Wisconsin brought a pair of 2020 basketball prospects in for unofficial visits this past weekend.
Jamari Sibley, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Milwaukee, attended Wisconsin’s football game against Florida Atlantic. Ryan James of GopherIllustrated reported that forward Dawson Garcia of Prior Lake in Minnesota also unofficially visited. Sibley has one scholarship offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay. He attended a Badgers basketball camp on June 24.
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Sibley told Evan Flood of Badger247.com that he enjoyed his visit and met with Wisconsin coach Greg Gard, who told him to continue working hard.
“It was amazing,” Sibley told Badger247. “There were 70-plus thousand people there. I’ve never been around that many people at one time. It was really crazy. There’s an amazing difference between a high Division 1 and a lower Division 1. The facilities are really nice. I loved their locker room.”
Wisconsin has offered only one player in the 2020 class thus far. That’s Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie, Wis.), who is one of the top players in the class and has interest from Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina, among others. Sibley plays on the same AAU team as Johnson, but told Badger247 the two hadn’t spoken much about playing together in college.
“By the time I’m a senior, a lot of things can change,” Sibley told Badger247. “Players can leave, coaches can leave — all that has a big role in where I could go. I do like that they’ve been in the Final Four and they’re in the NCAA tournament every year. They represent the state of Wisconsin really well.”