Arkansas Lands Ascolese

Arkansas adds Parade All-American linebacker Vin Ascolese (6-2, 220) on Friday when the North Bergen (NJ) standout pledges to sign with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas has now added a Parade All-American to its 2012 recruiting class.

North Bergen (NJ) High linebacker Vin Ascolese (6-2, 220) committed to the Razorbacks over Illinois and Texas A&M on Friday.

"Why Arkansas? Well, when I went there it just felt like home," Ascolese said. "The fans are amazing. I love those fans. The coaches just made me feel like I was already part of the family. That right there was the biggest thing to me.

"I knew right when I got there," Ascolese said of Arkansas. "It didn't matter who else offered."

Being a part of the SEC - which has won six straight national titles - was also big.

"It's the atmosphere," Ascolese said. "It's the SEC, SEC country. There is nothing like it. It's the best football in the world and you play in front of 90,000 fans going crazy for you. They just love you down there and they will always have your back."

He did so at a New York City area high rise with his family on hand, including his grandfather and legendary North Bergen head coach Vinnie Ascolese.

Ascolese, who visited Arkansas on Jan. 13-15, had 134 tackles last season, including a whopping 57 for lost yardage.

He also had 11 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions during a standout campaign that ended with an 8-4 record and state championship.

Ascolese also had 600 yards rushing, 50 pancake blocks and three touchdowns on offense.

It was final season of coaching for his grandfather, who retired at the end of the season after 39 years as head coach with seven state titles.

The North Jersey Section 1 Group 4 title game ended in storybook fashion with a 22-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game giving North Bergen a 14-13 win at The Meadowlands (now called MetLife Stadium).

He found out he was one of 53 players named to the Parade All-American team while he was on his official visit to Arkansas.

Ascolese was also named the Star-Ledger's North Jersey Player of the Year. The Razorbacks now have 21 commits in the 2012 class.


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