Mukwonago middle linebacker Dominic Cizauskas might not be a well known on the recruiting scene but after earning first-team all-conference, all-region, all-area and all-state honors this past year, he is someone that can sure play the game well and colleges have taken notice.
"My past season, we started off slow because we played against two really good teams," Cizauskas told Badger Nation. "We lost both those games, but we rebounded as a team together and won the next couple of games. Now, with the off-season there (are) just no days off and everyday you are just working at next season.
"Under our new first year coach, I felt with me being middle linebacker this season that I got a lot of calls for defense. I felt like anytime I had the opportunity to make a play, I made a play. I feel like I could play better, but I did pretty well."
The 6-1, 240-pound Cizauskas is hearing from multiple Midwest schools so far, but recently made a short trip to Madison and felt it couldn't have gone any better.
"I thought the visit was really, really cool," said Cizauskas. "They are all under construction there, so I got there and saw that. All the coaches were very happy to see me and interested in how I was. When I got there, they were actually having a scrimmage that day and thought how cool it will be to see all the new coaches in action and the defense. My parents really enjoyed the day and the indoor field was pretty cool with the music and everything. It would be cool to be a Badger one day."
On the unofficial visit, Cizauskas admits he connected with new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and started to build a very strong relationship to match the bond he's already formed with secondary coach Ben Strickland.
"I met all the coaches and I really like Coach Aranda," he said. "He is a great guy and is very outgoing person, so I enjoyed spending some time with him."
It's already been a busy spring for Cizauskas. Not only is he getting coaches from Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa State, South Dakota State and Wisconsin calling, emailing and mailing him letters and invites to their junior days, he was the leading scorer - averaging 14.1 points per game - on Mukwonago's basketball team that fished runner-up in division 1.
It is great and I feel like the center of attention, so I just like it," he said with a laugh.
The physical defender has been patiently waiting for that first offer to come, but knows it is only a matter of time until the offers start rolling in.
"That first offer is a goal for me because that is the team that is showing me the most interest and actually gave me a chance to play, so that would grab my attention greatly," he said. "I am pretty fast, so you would see the guy that is always flying to the ball. I am the middle linebacker, so I will be calling the defense and making plays."
Cizauskas plans to return to Wisconsin next weekend for the school's junior day.