Colorado was just the second out-of-state program that Matteo Mele has had an opportunity to check out so far. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound blue-chip recruit raved about his time in Boulder.
“I knew going out there they have new facilities and I talked to some of the coaches so I kind of had an idea what to expect at Colorado but it was really impressive," Mele said. "On my visit, I sat down and talked one-on-one with [offensive line] coach [Klayton] Adams, [tight ends] coach [Gary] Bernardi and then [head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre and we just talked about my recruiting process and what Colorado has to offer and what I could do at Colorado."
"I really enjoyed the visit. Everything about it was nice," he continued. "The campus is beautiful, the facilities are excellent as advertised, and the coaches are awesome. I really like everything there... a lot.”
Mele went out to UCLA earlier this spring, and he has stopped by to check out both of the power conference in-state programs, Arizona and Arizona State.
"UCLA is in the process of finishing their new facility, ASU is finishing their new facility, and U-of-A of course has a new facility that is really nice," he said. "That is the thing that has kind of stuck out to me throughout this process so far. Their attention to giving the players great resources, and their dedication to getting recruits, is really cool."
Mele plans to take a trip to Oregon, also, later this spring but he is not in a rush to commit to a college.
"I don't really have a schedule on when I am going to cut any offers off my list but I think sometime before the season starts I'll probably have it narrowed down to a top five," he said. "And then just depending how that goes, I'll probably make my decision maybe during the season or right after the season ends."
All of the aforementioned colleges have extended a scholarship offer to Mele, and he also has an offer from Cal, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Louisville, Nevada, Oregon State and Washington State.
Mele believes his impressive athleticism for his size is the main reason so many programs are after his services.
"I am mobile and have good feet," he said. "College coaches have also mentioned that I have the potential to put on good weight and still be mobile instead of coming in to whatever I school I decide to go to super heavy. I'll be able to come in and have them build me a little bit."
Mele's junior highlight reel: