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Matt Alaimo was known more as a baseball recruit a year ago, but the tight end is approaching 20 offers, including ones from the SEC, Big Ten and ACC, and is looking at spring and summer visits to sort through it.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph standout communicates with a number of schools daily, just added an offer from Duke, is planning a trip to NC State in a few weeks, UCF in July and Arkansas some time between. Minnesota and Louisville are also involved.
Alaimo is also speaking with Florida, where he visited in the summer, all the while balancing playing baseball for the Green Knights.
Alaimo is unsure if he will try to play both in college, but he said football is his first choice.
"Rutgers has three coaches who direct message every day," Alaimo said. "Most of the schools stay in contact. It's just more some than others. Coach (P.J.) Fleck at Minnesota, he is an every day guy. UConn is every day. Virginia Tech does. I get stuff from Illinois all the time, but I don't have an offer yet."
As Alaimo sorts through his offers and the attention, he and his father, an assistant at St. Joseph, closely examine the offenses of each school. What does he want to know?
"How they use their tight end, and what do they see me playing?" Alaimo said. "Am I going to play tight end? H-back? At Joe's, they split me out wide. Basically, I want to see how they will use me, and what they have done in the past with their use of the tight end.
"When we were offered by Louisville, that was the first thing (his dad) said to me. He said they use their tight ends because he is familiar with their program."
Meanwhile, a trip to Arkansas is important for Alaimo because of the personal touch by the coaching staff.
"I want to take a trip to Arkansas," he said. "They sent a letter to me, my parents and my coach. They do a really nice job there. They seem like they are first class organization. Most schools will call you and offer you over the phone or send you a direct message, but they actually sent a letter. It was really nice."
Alaimo said his family wants him to make a decision by Aug. 1.