Mitch Guadagni commits to Toledo
The college offers keep pouring in for NFA trained quarterbacks. Mitch Guadagni is the latest to accept, and the senior to be at Hudson High School in Ohio will be playing his college football at Toledo.
On May 6, the 6-foot-2 1/2, 190-pounder verbally committed to play for the Rockets, a powerhouse program in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo has played in bowl games three of the past four seasons.
“I just had a good feel for them,” Guadagni said. “I visited there three or four times and I really got a good feel for the university. I really felt like I’d be happy there if I played there for four years. It was a great recruit for me. I got close to a lot of the players and the coaches and stayed in contact really well. I really felt like it was the best fit for me.”
Guadagni, who has passed for over 4,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns in his first two seasons as Hudson’s quarterback, has been training with NFA since he was in seventh grade. He is one of many Class of 2015 quarterbacks with an NFA background – joining other stalwarts like Jauan Jennings, Tommy Stevens, Matt Jimison, Matt Williams, Quinten Dormady and Alex Hornibrook.
Guadagni could have waited on potential Big Ten offers from Michigan State, Northwestern and Indiana, and he also had offers from Buffalo, Western Michigan, Kent State, Akron and James Madison.
When it came down to it, the dangerous dual threat QB knew where he wanted to go all along.
“I thought about waiting, but I just felt Toledo was the best fit for me and I wouldn’t really want to go anywhere else,” Guadagni said.
Is making the decision a relief?
“Yeah, just knowing that I don’t have to keep going and throwing for a bunch of coaches, and knowing I can now settle down and focus on this upcoming season, which is the ultimate goal. It’s a big thing,” Guadagni said. “And it’s nice because now I get to relax a little bit.”
The MAC has become an increasingly competitive league loaded with NFL-caliber players. In this year’s draft, Buffalo linebacker Kahlil Mack was the No. 5 overall pick. In 2013, Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was the No. 1 overall pick.
“I’m very excited,” said Guadagni, whose father Mark played college football at Michigan. “There is great competition all around, great schools in the MAC. Hopefully we get a title, but there definitely is a lot of great competition. I’m very excited.”
Guadagni can exhale now that he has committed to Toledo. And he has some advice for other talented young quarterbacks when it comes to being recruited.
“Just really try to weigh all your options,” Guadagni said. “Get a list of the Top 3 schools you want to play at and don’t really worry about other schools coming in if they’re not in your Top 3. Really focus on the schools you really want to go to and write out pros and cons of different schools and try to get a great feel for what’s going and what’s going to happen in the future.”