Before making his way to Durham last weekend, Cappetto had been primarily recruited by assistant John Strollo. However, he was familiar with both the Duke coaching staff and the football program as a whole.
"I had known Coach Roof from the junior camp months ago. When I got to campus he made an effort to come over and tell me that he was really happy to see me there. I had done my research as well. I know that Coach O'Brien has done all kinds of things with the NFL and other big programs, so that's great exposure there."
"I have also watched a lot of Duke game film and like what they are trying to do. They get the ball in their quarterback's hands a lot and let him throw it. They are also incorporating a lot of shotgun into their offense – the chance to throw the ball around a lot is enticing for any quarterback."
While at Duke, Cappetto measured 6-foot-5 and a half, and 210 pounds. Into a slight head wind he ran a 4.8 forty. He also excelled under O'Brien's watch as the quarterbacks worked on passing drills with several potential receivers. Soon after he was afforded a chance to talk to the staff candidly.
"I really enjoyed my conversations with them and was hoping that they would eventually be able to offer me. They are all very nice and they are the right group to get Duke turned around. I felt very comfortable with them – I'm trying to find the right fit and one thing that will be big is the coaching staff. What kind of people are they? Where do they come from? All those things seemed to fit with Duke."
Cappetto's high opinion of Duke isn't just limited to the football side of the recruiting equation either.
"It's just such a great school overall and the academics really speak for themselves. Some day we're all going to be finished with football and it will be time to get a job and move on with life. A degree from a place like Duke would certainly open a lot of doors for me."
"Right now I'm really interested in some kind of architecture program, and Duke has a program for that."
Aside from Duke, Cappetto is being recruited by a number of schools in the Mid-American Conference including Miami of Ohio and Toledo. San Diego State's head coach has personally be in touch during the last contact period in hopes of earning a visit. Boston College is also heavily recruiting Mike and will have him on campus next week for their senior camp. Still, each of these schools will apparently, for the time being, be playing a bit of catch up.
"I think it's fair to say that Duke will be the benchmark I am measuring other schools by. I was really happy when they offered me and I could see myself playing there. It's a terrific honor. The coaches told me to take some time and think things over before I decided to do anything as far as a commitment goes. I'm going to do just that."
Cappetto will be a three-year varsity starter for Brother Rice in 2006. As a sophomore, he led Brother Rice to a 10-1 record and this past season he led his team to a 12-2 record and a state championship.
His high school assistant coach is certainly sold on his abilities.
"Mike has an excellent touchdown to interception ratio. He threw 25 touchdowns the past two seasons," said Brother Rice assistant David Sofran. "We believe he has the potential to play at a major D-1 program. I would describe him as a drop-back passer with a good, strong arm. He's very accurate on his throws and has a nice release."