Briar Woods DB/WR Evan Rutkowski (Twitter Photo)
Evan Rutkowski is honing in on a college commitment
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Briar Woods’ rising senior WR/DB Evan Rutkowski (2021 DB/WR 6-2 195) had a stellar junior season.
Rutkowski was honored with selections of First Team All-Region 5C, All-NoVA, and All-Loudoun County.
On Monday, he narrowed down his list of teams he is considering to seven. These schools include the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Army (West Point), William & Mary, Columbia, Towson, and Virginia Military Institute.
Standing at six feet and one half inches and 200 lbs, football is everything to Evan.
With two older brothers who introduced him to the sport, he started playing in sixth grade. He says he has always played varying positions on the field, and that has helped him take his game to the next level. His role models are his family, brothers included. He appreciates the fact that everyone in his household has helped him reach the point where he has been given the opportunity to choose where he will go to college. He says, “My dad has shown me what hard work looks like my whole life. My brothers are always pushing me and giving me advice to be the best. My mom is always supporting me with whatever I do, and I have learned as much from her as well.”
On the subject of being able to choose his college, he appreciates the position he is in currently in regards to his college. “The ability to choose the school I would like to go to means a lot to my family and to myself. Finding the right fit is one of the most important things in choosing a school and I’m happy that I am in this position,” he explains. He feels that these offers are truly a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, as Evan states.
The service academies speak for themselves with world renowned education and exceptional opportunities on and off the football field. Each of these schools are Division I teams, and are all competitive. Columbia is in the Ivy League while Towson and William and Mary are foes in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Evan talks about the hardships he has faced and how they have helped him get to this point.
“All these offers mean that all the work I have put in is paying off, and that it is not going unnoticed. It’s nice to finally realize that there’s a reason behind all those 6 AM workouts I have done,” Evan explains. He uses his smarts in not only the classroom, but on the field too, adding, “I use my intelligence to help me understand what is going on in a given situation. Preparation is a huge part of the game, and just makes you so much more confident in what you are doing on the field.”
He credits his coaches and his teammates at Briar Woods for inspiring him to be his best. “If I’m not giving them my best every rep, then I feel like I am cheating the team, and the team always comes first,” he explains. He also talks about how he is versatile enough to make it difficult for teams to game plan for him.
Evan Rutkowski, owner of a 3.83 GPA can realistically go to any of these schools and feel as though he made the right decision. He understands this, but still will look at his seven options from every angle. Evan is a player that uses his versatility to his advantage, trying to make it difficult for teams to game plan for him and his variety of skills he brings to the table. Nonetheless, many scouts view this type of versatility as a weakness, hoping that players hone in on one spot and mastering that position. Evan is not a member of this school of thought and hopes to prove all those doubters wrong while getting a world-class education in the process.
– Marc Goldstein