January 20, 2011

Recruiting heats up for South Jersey LB

Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. continues to attract college coaches as the perennial powerhouse keeps on turning out college prospects. Junior linebacker Dan Mastromatteo is the latest Spirit player to keep that trend going.

Recruiting remained rather quiet throughout Mastromatteo's junior campaign, but a wave of attention suddenly came in a hurry.

"Right after my season, I started sending out my tape," said the 6-foot-2, 215 pound Mastromatteo. "That's when it all started. I didn't talk to anyone before that."

Rutgers was among the first schools to start pursing Mastromatteo and coincidentally became the first school to extend him an offer.

"They offered me December 23rd, right before Christmas. That was my first offer," he said. "I wasn't really expecting it, but it happened."

That led to an invitation to Rutgers Junior Day this past weekend, an invitation Mastromatteo gladly accepted.

"It was great, I liked it a lot up there," he said. "All the coaches are really nice. I've been talking to Coach [Phil] Galiano a lot, he's been real good to me. I got to talk to Coach [Greg] Schiano in person and he's great to talk to. I really like the people up there."

Now, Rutgers is not alone in its pursuit of Mastromatteo as he has been hearing from Boston College, Penn State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Tulane and Bowling Green.

All are recruiting him to play linebacker, although no school has specified an exact spot.

"No one has really told me which linebacker position. I would suspect outside but if they moved me to the middle, it doesn't really matter."

Mastromatteo went on to talk about his biggest strengths as a linebacker.

"I would say that I have a nose for the ball. I'm around the ball a lot, I have good tackling and I get off blocks well."

Boston College's junior day is next up for Mastromatteo which will be followed by a trip to the NUC Rivals Five-Star Showcase. And in the midst of his travels through this off-season, Mastromatteo is already starting to formulate what he wants out of a college.

"I want to be able to be close with the people at the school and the coaches. I have to have a good feeling about that."




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