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WVU Fits for JUCO Lineman After Visit

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If only everybody would just leave Mark Glowinski alone, maybe he'd be able to think a little bit and figure out what college he wants to go to.

The offensive tackle from Lackawanna Community College returned from his official visit to West Virginia University this weekend and hoped to start really planning his next move, but he didn't have time.

"I had the record of most calls in one day today, let's put it that way," says Glowinski.

In addition to reporters taking over his incoming calls list for the scoop on his visit, recruiters from other schools were making his phone ring to take another shot at selling their program.

Many teams have expressed interest and offered the 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman, but his focus is narrowed down to three schools: WVU, UConn and Kansas State.

He admits he'd like to stay closer to home if the situation is right, and West Virginia fits that bill better than any of his other choices.

On Saturday, Glowinski took in a Mountaineer basketball game and while the environment isn't quite like it will be at Milan Puskar Stadium, he was pleased with what he saw from the WVU fans.

"I like to see the student section, they had them all cheering and stuff like that," says Glowinski. "They were whooping on them, so it wasn't that close of a game where they were rowdy the whole time, but it was still cool."

Glowinski has some knowledge of West Virginia that he didn't even need a campus visit to learn.

At Lackawanna, he was teammates with current WVU linebacker Josh Francis as well as Marquis Wallace, an offensive lineman who briefly spent time with the Mountaineers before academic issues sent him back to junior college.

Both players told Glowinski good things about the program, but Francis did warn that the campus is hilly, a detail that likely won't have any impact on the final decision.

He's more interested in what he learns from Bill Bedenbaugh, WVU's offensive line coach and the man who Glowinski would be working with everyday if he became a Mountaineer.

"He's just telling me he's really interested in me," Glowinski says of Bedenbaugh. "He's one of the first guys who started recruiting me, actually. I guess he followed my film form the season before, so he's shown interest in me for the whole year."

A 3-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Glowinski takes pride in the fact that he feels comfortable at any position along the line, even if he believes tackle is his natural position. That versatility is something he hopes to use to his advantage.

"A lot of schools say they play the best five, so I have a better chance to play if I can be at different positions," he says.

Because he is a junior college transfer, Glowinski will have three years to play two seasons at whichever school he chooses.

As he continues to narrow his focus, there is one simple factor that is getting more weight than the others.

"Fitting in at the school. Everybody has the same things, basically," says Glowinski, who isn't quite ready to say if he felt he fit in at one school better than others. "That would give away all the good stuff. Let's just say that you guys [WVU] might be in the top – top one or two."

Top two is terrific. Top one is something else entirely.

For now, Glowinski considers all his options and tries to make a commitment before signing day, because as a JUCO player, his signing period is already open.

When that choice comes all depends on whether or not his phone stays silent long enough to sit down and really review everything he's seen so far.

After all, this article was created from an interview that stalled his decision making process.

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