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Lineman Nick Piker weighing college options

12/03/2012, 7:04pm CST
By George Wilcox gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com

With a scholarship offer from Georgetown in hand, Nick Piker continues to field calls from recruiters. The Hinsdale Central senior left tackle hopes more offers will follow.

With one scholarship offer in hand, Nick Piker continues to field phone calls from recruiters each day.

The Hinsdale Central senior left tackle hopes more offers will follow.

Piker, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound Westmont resident, received his first offer from Georgetown Nov. 17 while making an unofficial visit. He attended the Hoyas’ season finale, a 24-0 loss to Holy Cross, in Washington, D.C.

Georgetown (5-6, 2-4 Patriot League) plays in Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Two local players are expected to return next season: former Montini running back Nick Campanella and one-time Benet linebacker Patrick Doyle.

Piker was taking a tour of the campus last month with assistant coach Tony Lucas when Lucas told Piker they were asked to visit the office of coach Kevin Kelly.

“He sat me down and said, ‘It is your choice if you want to be a Hoya or not,’ ” Piker said of Kelly.

Piker plans on making an official visit to Georgetown in January.

“It’s kind of a relief. I’ve been wanting for something to happen. (Georgetown) is a great academic school,” Piker said.

Piker has already taken unofficial visits to Minnesota, Eastern Michigan, Indiana and Northern Illinois. Minnesota told Piker that it would like to add him as a preferred walk-on.

The first day of the national signing period for football players is Feb. 6.

Army recently contacted Piker and invited him last week to attend the annual Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia. As of Sunday, Piker was unsure if he was going to make the trip.

A new wrinkle in Piker’s recruitment has been interest from track and field programs, although he did not qualify for the Class 3A state meet last season in the shot put and discus. Piker spoke with a coach from Cincinnati Sunday and Drake, Valparaiso and the Air Force have approached Piker about competing in track and field in college.

Two of Piker’s Hinsdale Central classmates signed with Georgetown and Army last month. Swimmer Will Leach committed to Georgetown and tennis player Caroline Lorenzini, a two-time state doubles champion, inked with Army.~.

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