Empire State Athlete Has Many Intrested

Mineola, N.Y., product Mike Catapano has found no problems attracting attention to himself in recruiting thus far as schools from all over the country and at many different levels have flocked to Chaminade High School to meet with him.

At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds it is hard to say what Mike Catapano is at this point, so simply referring to him as an athlete would probably be most accurate. With a large frame and good amount of athleticism he could have a future playing on the offensive side of the ball at fullback or tight end in college or could line up defensively with his hand on the ground or at linebacker.

At this point the Chaminade High School standout is being recruited heavily by all of the Ivy League programs and has been visited at school by the likes of Syracuse, Army, Harvard, Duke, Yale and Albany over the past few weeks. He has also taken visits to Rutgers, Virginia, Yale, Boston College and Hofstra. With so many schools in the picture at this point, Catapano simply filled us in on how a few of his visits went.

"The campus at Virginia is absolutely beautiful," Catapano said. "I was able to speak with most of the coaches including Mike Groh who went to Chaminade and I got along with them great. I took in a practice while I was there and then toured the facilities which were very nice. The thing about Virginia is that they just have a great environment and you get a good vibe on campus. They're also a great school academically, so you get a rare mix of academics and athletics there. I was definitely comfortable on campus and could see myself going there."

"I really, really liked it at Boston College," Catapano exclaimed. "My linebackers coach at Chaminade Stephen Boyd was a Pro Bowl level player in the NFL and went to Boston College, so he's always telling me great things about the school. It seems like they have a perfect location there and the Boston area just seems like it would be a lot of fun with all of the other schools in such close proximity to one another. Boston College is also known for their excellent academics and I thought the campus was very nice."

"I think the Ivy League schools in general have been on me the hardest lately and they are very aggressive with recruiting as well," Catapano explained. "When I went to Yale I was very impressed with the campus and obviously the education speaks for itself. When I went to Princeton their coach told us that if you don't go to the NFL you'll end up making NFL money with a degree from here anyway which is very true. Princeton is a school who says they have me very high on their board and their staff wants to set up a conference call with my parents and me to talk things over."

With so many schools aggressively recruiting Catapano at this point, he is simply taking it all in an exploring all of his options. One other decision that he may face is whether he wants to play big-time Division I football or get a big-time Ivy League education for the next four years. With so much on his mind he has not yet set a time frame for when he'd like to make a decision. Catapano is an excellent student, carrying an A average in school and scored very high on his Princeton Review test.

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