Devils in Top Five For NY Lineman

John Ferrara says the Blue Devils are among his early favorites.

One of the top defensive line prospects in the state of New York in 2005 will be Staten Island native defensive end John Ferrara, 6-5 and 255 pounds, The Monsignor Farrell junior has received written offers from Penn State, Rutgers, and Duke.

"I'm just excited that major schools are offering me a chance to play football and get an education," Ferrara said.

Ferrara and his family are making it a point to check out as many schools as they can. The Ferrara family has visited Penn State, Rutgers, Duke, Virginia, and Maryland.

Penn State: "They have outstanding facilities, and the coaching staff was great."

Rutgers: "I was really impressed with Rutgers, they're putting a lot into their program. They have a beautiful weight room, and the coaches were very respectful."

Duke: "The campus was outstanding, I had a real good time. The coaches showed me a lot of individual attention."

Virginia: "It was a nice visit, there were a lot of kids but the coaches still gave us some individual attention. I was surprised at how nice it was. They have a beautiful stadium, I really liked the architecture."

Maryland: "It was really nice, I liked the Union Building. Their facilities were first class."

As for a position is concerned for Ferrara in college, that is not so clear-cut. He has had interest in him as a tight end, Offensive lineman, defensive tackle, and defensive end. Which does he prefer? "Most schools like me a defensive lineman," Ferrara said. "I guess I would say either defensive end or tight end would be my favorite." In 2004, Ferrara registered 83 tackles and 13 sacks. He earned first team All-Borough, second team all-city, NY Daily News All-City, and Staten Island Advance All-Star honors. Syracuse and Connecticut have also showed interest in Ferrara, although he has not made a visit to their respective schools yet.

"I'm still very open, I'm interested in everyone right now," Ferrara said.

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