Estero offensive lineman Randy Hand started the trend when he signed with the University of Florida in 2002.Wildcats offensive lineman Derrick Morse continued it when he signed with the University of Miami the following year.Rutgers signed Estero offensive tackle Mike Gilmartin in 2004.
Now meet the next Estero offensive lineman who will likely go to a Division I-A school: Jerry Stanislawski.”He’s the next one in line,” Estero coach Bill Swats said.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Stanislawski has already received scholarship offers from the University of South Florida, Wake Forest and Florida International. Dozens of colleges have written to him.”Jerry is a little smaller than the other guys from our program to go to a Division I (school), but he’s a lot more athletic,” Swats said. “That’s hard to say because Randy Hand was very athletic.”Stanislawski, who was named the Wildcats’ captain, along with linebacker Keino Jumpp and running back Mike Hasson, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
He’s the team’s rabbit during practice. He lines up 10 yards ahead of Estero’s skill players and races them.”I usually beat them all,” Stanislawski said. “I’m pretty fast for a fat kid.”
Although he could play tight end in college, Stanislawski wants to play on the offensive line. He’ll pick a school after the season.So how does Estero keep pumping out solid offensive linemen?”Genetics,” Swats said. “Division I schools don’t take kids that are 6-feet and 240 pounds.
“Luckily, the last couple years we’ve had kids with good genetics.”Estero also puts its offensive linemen through a daily, rigorous training program that emphasizes on making them quicker and faster.
At least one more standout Wildcats offensive lineman is on the way. Michael Buxton, a 6-8, 312-pound junior, already has drawn some interest from Division I-A schools.”Next year, he’ll probably be a preseason All-American in all the major magazines,” Swats said.