One of the top uncommitted players in the state of Michigan is Clintondale tight end Nate Dreslinski. Although his team failed to make playoffs this season, Dreslinski put up solid numbers and he continued to make progress after impressing at camps and combines over the summer.
"We went 5-4 which was really disappointing because we all expected to make the playoffs. We lost in the last game of the league to Summerfield to miss the playoffs," said Dreslinski. "Overall I had a good year though having 39 catches for 650 yards and 8 TD's. I also had a kick return which I returned for a touchdown"
The 6-foot-3 and 233 pound Dreslinski has been one of the biggest recruiting mysteries in the state. Despite a terrific summer where he went from camp to camp performing as one of the top tight ends at each, he failed to net an offer. Now after a successful season, he has only gained an offer from Division 2 Saginaw Valley State.
"So far I only have an offer from D2 school Saginaw Valley, but Toledo, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Air Force are all talking to me a lot, and I have hopes that I will get an offer," added Dreslinksi. "My dream is to play Division 1 football, so I'm just going give it all the time and be patient, because there is still a lot of time before signing day. No walk on offers yet either, but we will see where things go. But if I don't get it, I will play D2 and it will be my goal to prove everyone wrong who passed on me."
If schools do come calling, and they would be wise to do so, Dreslinski will be looking at several factors.
"I want a family atmosphere that's very important. A place where I can get an academic degree because it is really hard to get to the NFL, so I hope to be able to be there 4-5 years and I need to be comfortable. Also I want to play on a championship team," said Nate Dreslinski. "A lot of schools fit those currently, most of the schools have been champions recently or is a contender for one. I like when the coach's family and kid are on the field after the game. That shows me a lot that family comes first and that's important. Academically I am looking to be a lawyer I believe."
Even though Central Michigan has yet to offer, the Chippewas have been keeping close tabs and Dreslinski was able to visit in June. And both CMU and Dreslinski are sure to have Ithaca quarterback Alex Niznak in their ear, as the No. 1 ranked QB in the state of Michigan is committed to CMU and also a real close friend of Dreslinski's after they met a few years ago.
"They have a great program, three out of four years they have won the MAC. They have a great football atmosphere, and they have amazing facilities," added Dreslinski on Central Michigan. "I talk to Alex Niznak a lot, he is one of my better friends. I met him my sophomore year at a quarterback camp, and got to catch passes from him. He is a really big and cool guy, and ever since we just work out and go to all sorts of things together. We spent a lot of time over the summer together, working out, visiting places and going to camps including CMU's. He always talks about how great a school they are and great things about all the coaches. He talks a lot about how they just want to win and how they will win a lot of games soon. He just raves about how close everyone is and how even though they had a rough season they have a plan and no matter what they want to win. We have always thought how it would be cool if we got to play at CMU together."
While he has plenty of talent, and continues to prove it on the field, what really sets Dreslinski apart is his drive and dedication. Day in and day out he tries to make himself a better player, and he has improved in many areas since the summer.
"I would say I bring a lot of out of my team and myself, some of that probably comes from my high intensity which I have every game. I enjoy blocking over catching just because it allows me to be more physical. I would say my strengths are my hand placement and just my ability to go get the ball. As for my weaknesses, just want to improve my speed from 4.8-4.9 to a 4.7-4.8. Also I need improve my route running and just get stronger," said Dreslinski. "Right now I am 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds. I run around a 4.8, my shuttle is 4.39, have a 29.5inch vertical, and my max bench is 315."
With his season currently over, Dreslinski is looking toward his future plans, which will include visits to a variety of schools.
"So far I have visited Michigan Tech, which I enjoyed a lot, but other then that I am still planning out where I want to go. Recently Iowa State and Colorado have talked to me, and seem like options where I could go visit" said Dreslinski.
Even without an offer he remains optimistic about his future, knowing that one of his favorite players Dallas Clark was in a similar situation entering college.
"I have always wanted to be like Dallas Clark, he is one of my favorite players. I always watch YouTube videos of him whenever bored or in class," laughed Dreslinski. "I would always learn how to improve and just things to do better from watching him. My ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL like him. He was a walk on linebacker at Iowa, and then he switched to tight end, and ultimately became an All-American, and now he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, so him going through all that gives me hope."
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