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Center Grove players select colleges

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Sometimes a coveted college football recruit tours a campus and the pieces to what can be a complicated process fall neatly into place.

This happened to Center Grove senior Nate Wozniak, the Trojans’ 6-foot-9, 255-pound tight end who has orally committed to attend the University of Minnesota.

“The No. 1 thing was that it just felt like the right place for me,” said Wozniak, who chose the Gophers over Purdue and Miami (Fla.). “It was everything about the football program from the coaches and players to where coach (Jerry) Kill is taking the program. School-wise, I love it there. They have an amazing business program.”

Along with Purdue and Miami, Wozniak also secured scholarship offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland and Cincinnati. He is the only one of the 16 oral commitments so far in Kill’s 2013 recruiting class to hail from an Indiana high school.

Wozniak said he will be used at his preferred position rather than bulked up and made into an offensive lineman as had been speculated by some.

“Minnesota plans on playing me 100 percent at tight end, and that’s what I wanted to do,” said Wozniak, whose 20 receptions for 331 yards and five touchdowns played a major role in Center Grove advancing to a Class 5A semistate for a second consecutive season. “I think this is a credit to all the coaches I’ve played for at Center Grove. They always push us to be the best we can be.”

Also able to speak to this is Trojans defensive back Mario Swann, who next Wednesday signs his national letter of intent to play at Eastern Michigan University.

The 6-2, 190-pound Swann finished his final prep season with a team-high 81 tackles, at least six or seven being temporary game-stoppers because of how hard he hit an opposing receiver.

For Swann, who was born in Detroit before moving here in first grade, it’s a homecoming of sorts. He looks forward to facing some of the Eagles’ future opponents, including Penn State and Army, this coming season, road trips to Florida and Michigan State in 2014, and traveling to Wyoming the season after that.

“(Eastern Michigan) offered me around Thanksgiving, and I think things will work out,” Swann said. “In a couple of seasons I think we’re going down to play some SEC schools, so if I get a chance to play in some of those games I’ll be excited.”

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