Keystone Lineman Pops Up On Duke's Radar

Four schools have already offered Newtown Square, Pa., native Pete Massaro and the defensive line prospect is also talking with some other programs that rank among the best on the East coast. With more offers on their way and interest abound, we talked to Massaro about his current recruiting picture.

Pete Massaro currently plays both offensive tackle and defensive end for Marple Newtown High School, however it is the defensive side of the ball that the 6-foot-4, 245-pound athlete is being recruited on. With offers already in hand from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Temple Massaro has a good base to build upon because others such as Duke, Maryland, Penn State and West Virginia have come knocking as well.

Syracuse - "I went up there before Easter and took in a spring practice and really liked it a lot on campus. The facilities looked great and they just put in a brand new weight room which caught my eye. I also had an opportunity to learn about the academic side of things which is very important to me because I plan to major in biology and go pre-med to become a pathologist. Coach Phil Earley and I have a good relationship and I just really felt comfortable at Syracuse."

Pittsburgh - "I went to Pittsburgh for their junior day and had a nice time. The facilities there were very nice and they actually work out right next to the Pittsburgh Steelers which is pretty cool. I like the program at Pitt and they have a pretty good tradition that the new coaching staff is trying to build upon with great recruiting classes the last few years. The coaches have a lot of experience and I got along well with all of them during my visit."

Georgia Tech - "Georgia Tech has good academics and match that with a solid football program that won the ACC Coastal Division last season. They're just a very good school all around, but aside from the offer I haven't had much contact with them."

Temple - "Coach Al Golden and Coach Mark D'Onofrio came out to the school to meet with me and both came off as very nice guys. Temple has an excellent pre-med program and their medical school is very good, so I'll have to drive down and check them out as some point as it is not far from home."

West Virginia - "Coach (Bill) Kirelawich and I have spoken a few times and he stopped by the school to say hello a while back. He's a funny guy and is easy to talk to. He says they like my style of play and pass rushing skills, so I believe they're looking at me as a defensive end in their system. He told me an offer could be coming after he gets back on campus."

Penn State - "I plan on camping at Penn State this summer and like them because they're very close to home and have a great tradition there. I went up to Happy Valley a few months ago and was able to meet the entire coaching staff including Head Coach Joe Paterno who was a nice guy who liked to joke around. I really like the setting on campus there and thought the atmosphere was absolutely awesome."

Maryland - "Maryland has a good blend of athletics and academics and I know they have a very good biology program which really piques my interest. I visited the campus twice and it was an awesome experience both times as the weather was really good and the coaching staff was really cool with me including my recruiting coordinator, Coach (Bryan) Bossard."

At this point Massaro is still wide open in his recruiting and has set no time frame for a decision, however he did say he would like to get it out of the way before his senior season if possible. He also expressed the fact that he did not want to sell himself short in terms of opportunities though, so a late decision could also be a possibility.

As a junior, Massaro registered 53 tackles, 14 coming for a loss and sacked the opposing quarterback five times on his way to earning first-team All-County and second-team Class AAA Associated-Press All-State honors.


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