Wheaton North senior football players have made their commitments to play at their chosen college next fall. Congratulations to the following seniors:
Mike Swider (LB) 6'0 220 lbs.
Mike was a two-year starter and captain of our defense in 2011. Being the son of a coach, Mike has a strong understanding of the game. Mike enjoys competition as evidenced by his run to the state finals in wrestling as a senior. Mike will continue his football career at Wheaton College where he will play for his father and uncle.
Coleton Hrgich (WR) 5'11 170 lbs.
Coleton is a tremendous athlete who had the ability to be a two-way player for us this year. Coleton is a versatile player who can line up at any of the receiver spots as well as running back and even quarterback. In week one, Coleton made potentially the biggest play of the year in catching a touchdown pass to win the game as time expired. UW -Whitewater is getting a playmaking receiver who should have a great career with the Warhawks.
Marcin Gawlak (K) 5'11 170 lbs.
Marcin is going to continue using his kicking skills at St. Joseph's College. Leg strength is not an issue for Marcin. If he is able to improve on his consistency, St. Joe's will be extremely happy to have him on their roster. His ability to kickoff, as well as kick field goals, made him an attractive recruit for many schools.
Micah Penn (WR) 6'2 190 lbs.
Wheaton College is getting a fast and physical receiver in Micah Penn. Micah's size enables him to be a target in the middle of the field while his speed allows him to get on top of the defense. Micah's best attribute as a receiver might be as a blocker. Blocking is a skill that is often overlooked in receivers but college coaches will appreciate the total package that Micah brings to the field.
Landon Bruni (OL) 5'9 215 lbs
Landon Bruni was pound-for-pound the most physical player on the 2011 Falcon team. Although he is undersized, Landon's technique and competitive nature make him an effective offensive linemen. Elmhurst College is excited to be getting Landon as a part of this recruiting class. I'm not sure how Elmhurst will use Landon over the next few years but I'm sure that he will find a way to work his way onto the field.
Johnny Daniels (WR) 6'2 190 lbs.
Johnny will be continuing his playing days at Iowa Western Community College in 2012. There were several Division I schools who expressed interest in Johnny throughout his senior year and IWCC is thrilled to be gaining his services. The hope is that Johnny will have a highly productive two years at the junior college level and give himself a chance to be recruited again to a 4-year school. Johnny is an extremely athletic player who made a lot of big plays during his years at Wheaton North High School.
Jack Nussbaum (DL) 6'0 240 lbs.
Jack was an every-down player for the Falcon defense in 2011. His presence on the interior of the defensive line was a big asset this past season. Jack showed a lot of improvement from the start of his junior year to the end of his senior year. If Jack can add size and strength, he should prove to be a productive player at Wheaton College over the next four years.
Christian Hollinger (OL) 6'0 220 lbs.
Christian is an extremely coachable player and was a leader for the offensive line at Wheaton North last season. Christian has good feet and is a great weight room kid. I suspect that Christian's best football is still ahead of him. Wheaton College is getting a very good football player who should fit in well with the style of play that the Thunder plays with. Christian is one of four Falcons from the class of 2012 who will be playing for Coach Swider at Wheaton College next year.
Luke Walzak (OL) 6'0 250 lbs.
Luke did an amazing job of long snapping for the Falcons in 2011. It didn't matter where we were on the field or what the situation in the game was, Luke was great under pressure and delivered every time. Quality long snappers are difficult to find and the University of Dubuque is fortunate to be getting one of the best in Luke Walzak. Luke should step right in and compete with the special teams units at Dubuque as a freshmen.
Information courtesy of Wheaton North Coach Joel Wardynski