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Prep football: Canyon WR Drew Wolitarsky chooses Minnesota

Posted: January 27, 2013 10:57 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2013 10:57 p.m.

Canyon High senior Drew Wolitarsky verbally committed to play football at the University of Minnesota next season.

Canyon High senior Drew Wolitarsky, a record-breaking wide receiver, made his official verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota on Sunday evening, his father John confirmed.

The four-year varsity football player had several offers from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including the University of Arizona, Army, Navy, University of Hawaii and San Jose State.

According to, which had Wolitarsky as a three-star recruit, he had narrowed his decision to just two schools going into Sunday, Minnesota and San Jose State. He made official visits to only those two schools.

Wolitarsky settled on Minnesota, where he’ll be able to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6 when the official college football signing period begins.

He made the decision official just after playing in the West Coast Bowl, an all-star football game played at Home Depot Center in Carson which featured the top high school players in the state.

“It’s planted right in between the Twin Cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis,” Wolitarsky said in a press conference on Sunday of why he chose Minnesota. “It’s a great atmosphere. The stadium is huge, the locker room is huge. There’s a lot of money. A lot of people are big fans, so it’s a really close kind of school.”

The Canyon senior became the second Santa Clarita Valley product to commit to a major college football program in as many days. Golden Valley senior Leon Jacobs accepted an offer to play at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday.

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Wolitarsky finished his high school career as the state’s all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions. He also played defensive back at Canyon.

“I’m truly happy for him,” said Canyon football head coach Rich Gutierrez. “Drew has had a phenomenal career locally at Canyon,
obviously four years on varsity, and all the accolades that follow. I’m super proud of him. I think he deserves it. I’m looking forward to watching him.”

As a senior, he caught 89 passes for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns, putting his career totals at 281 receptions and 5,147 yards, both of which broke records previously held by former Taft High wideout Steve Smith.

Wolitarsky finished his tenure at Canyon with 52 touchdown receptions. He  was named All-CIF in each of the last three seasons.

On Minnesota, he’ll join Valencia High graduate Brock Vereen, who will be a senior defensive back for the Golden Gophers this fall.

Vereen was Wolitarsky’s host during his recruiting trip to the school in September.

“I knew the day would come,” Gutierrez said of him committing. “He had multiple offers throughout the year. It was just a matter of deciding the best fit for him.”

Minnesota is coming off a 6-7 season in which it finished with a loss to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.


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