WESTERVILLE – Westerville Central finished a disappointing 3-7 last year but one of the bright spots of the season was the play of junior defensive back/safety Mike Giresi.
The 5-11, 190-pound hard-hitting athlete ended last season with an explosive 75 tackles, seven pass break ups and 12 tackles for loss and he Giresi is preparing hard for his senior year this coming fall and his recruitment.
“My 75 tackles are high for a safety and for this coming season I am trying to turn that 75 tackles into 100,” he said.
Giresi decided to forego playing for the Warhawks basketball team this past winter to focus in the off-season on football. He has been working on getting his 40 time down from a 4.55 to a 4.45 by his senior year and has also been working on his strength.
“I want to gain 20 pounds and keep the speed,” he said. “So I have been working with speed trainers, who are great, and (WC defensive coordinator David Sheely). I have thought about training with track, but my schedule is too busy with trying to visit schools and going to football camps.”
Giresi participated in the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in January in San Antonio and has been invited to the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl.
“Competing with the best all around at the U.S Army All-American Junior Combine is getting me ready for the next level, and what I have to look forward to,” said Giresi. “I was able to compete in the three part weekend one on ones and watch the game from the field. This was great motivation and let me know where I need to be.
He added, “Being invited to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl gives me confidence and I know others have been offered scholarship offers because of it.”
Giresi is rated as the No. 14 free safety in the country by Emfinger’s recruiting service.
“He really understands the game, he is a hard worker that gives 100 percent all the time and is building a reputation for the ability to hit people,” WC head coach Bob Fresch said.
Giresi is getting interest from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina, Arizona and Villanova to name a few schools. He is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh and Northwestern and is looking to pick up his first offer.
“I love all the (schools) that have been contacting me and the summer camps are when I get to show my interest in the school and get to know the coaching staff,” he said.
With a good academic standing, Giresi is focused on his work in the classroom as well.
“I know that the biggest factor in deciding on a school is my academics,” he said. “I want to find a school that’s great academically and that has great football because I want to keep up my GPA of a 3.0 to 3.2 range.”