Name: AUSTIN CIESLAK
School: Hazen High School – Hazen, ND (Coach Rick Philion)
Vitals: FB-TE (#77). 6’3″ – 250.
Offers: D2 Offers.
Cieslak is a bit of an unknown to us as he does not have any Hudl highlights or much information about him. We do know that he is a very good athlete for his size, as evidenced on the basketball court. Having seen him play, he can run pretty well and has quick feet. Cieslak can also dunk a basketball during a game situation, which says a little bit also (not timing up his steps and then finger-rolling it while grabbing the rim).
Cieslak will be an H-Back type of player for UND. A little fullback, a little tight end. With his size and athleticism we can definitely envision him becoming an effective blocker out of the backfield or leaking out and catching a ball or two. Being he is 250 pounds already, he should not have to put on much weight. He will need to focus more on strength and conditioning vs. gaining mass.
Cieslak was first-team All-State as a defensive lineman at the A level in North Dakota. As we alluded to earlier, he also plays basketball for Hazen.