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Posted on Tue. Jul. 29, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Recruiting notebook: Robertson speaks up; Mack learns about rivalry

Area players hit college circuit as HS season approaches

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Soft-spoken Wayne junior Auston Robertson is starting to learn just how different things are as a big-time Division I recruit.

The defensive end prospect made news over the weekend by commenting to a reporter that he had Ohio State atop his list, following a visit to the Buckeyes for their Friday Night Lights recruiting event. All while not yet having an offer from Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State.

While he didn't retract those comments on Monday, Robertson did provide some clarity.

“I like Michigan State right now (too), and they haven't offered yet either,” Robertson said.

The Ohio State visit was the first in a big weekend for Robertson, who rates as the No. 2 prospect in Indiana in the Class of 2016 according to the 247sports composite rankings and the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the country. He visited Ann Arbor for the BBQ at the Big House on Sunday, where he picked up an offer from the Wolverines.

Robertson enjoyed both stops during the weekend.

“(Ohio State) camp was pretty fun, that was the best competition I have seen at a camp,” Robertson said. “(Michigan) was pretty fun and the food was great. The coaching staff was great too, I liked it a lot.”

Robertson has several Saturdays in the fall planned out. He hopes to hit up games at Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame during the season.

Mack taking it in

Bishop Luers junior wideout Austin Mack also took part in trips to Ohio State and Michigan over the weekend with Robertson, further showing he is one of the top juniors in the Midwest.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mack gained some confidence in his one-on-ones with some of the top defensive backs at Ohio State.

“I think I tore it up at Ohio State,” Mack said. “It was really big, but so much dang competition it was insane.”

Mack then took part in the “A-Maize-Ing Race” event at Michigan, a scavenger hunt that had prospects canvassing campus for various goals.

Just a few weeks from beginning his senior season, Mack is not rushing his decision but is instead enjoying the process.

“I am not stressing it at all,” said Mack about a college decision. “This fall is going to be big though in that I have to think about everything – what are really the key places I want to see.”

This fall will be a busy one for Mack. In addition to suiting up for the Knights, he will take in college football games at Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, and Tennessee and may even make it out to Nebraska to watch the Cornhuskers host the Hurricanes on Sept. 20.

Over the weekend, Mack got a kick out of seeing the hatred between Ohio State and Michigan after visiting both over a course of three days.

“You don't even understand,” Mack said. “Friday I went to Ohio State and they were on me about how they hate Michigan, even played a video about it.

“Then I went to Michigan and it was the same stuff as at Ohio State, just insane things.”

Mack finished last season with Bishop Luers with 57 receptions for 805 yards and three touchdowns.

Skowronek ready to open eyes

With quarterback Logan Ormsby back under center and a host of talent on offense, Homestead should once again be one of the more dynamic units in the area this coming season.

One of the beneficiaries will be junior Ben Skowronek, who has begun to pick up interest from several schools after work on the 7v7 circuit.

“Right now Indiana is showing me the most interest,” Skowronek said. “A lot of MAC schools too like Ohio, Bowling Green and Toledo.”

Skowronek most recently attended a camp at Penn State and was invited to a game this fall by the Nittany Lions.

Skowronek will get plenty of looks at Indiana this season, with brother Matt a walk-on with the Hoosiers. He hopes to make some noise on the high school gridiron this fall and earn some scholarship offers.

Skowronek earned All-NHC First Team with the Spartans last season.

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