Third Offer for Catapano

Temple has been on a slight tear in recruiting lately and while they did not receive a commitment from Mineola, N.Y., product Mike Catapano today they did put themselves in a great position with him after extending an offer his way earlier tonight. Catapano recently camped at both Temple and Syracuse and talked about each with us.

Army, Hofstra and Temple have now all offered Mike Catapano, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound athlete from Chaminade High School. Catapano participated in camps at Wagner College and at Temple over the past several days and is hoping to hear back from Syracuse on whether he earned himself an offer with an impressive showing. While it is uncertain at this point what position Catapano will play, it is certain that he will play it at the Division I level.

"Head Coach Al Golden from Temple sent me a text message today asking me to call him, so I returned his call and he offered me a scholarship," Catapano said. "I was really excited because I had just camped there and really loved the coaches that I met while I was on campus. Coach (Andrew) Dees is an absolutely awesome guy that I really enjoyed working with and Coach Golden is doing great things at Temple, so I was pretty fired up about the offer."

"Camp itself went pretty well and they worked me out at both defensive end and tight end while I was on campus," Catapano added. "I was blowing by people at defensive end in the first session and playing really well and then Coach Dees called me over with the quarterbacks and had me run routes at tight end, so they said they are offering me at both positions. My relationship with him is going to play a big factor here because we really clicked in my opinion. They took us on a half hour tour of the campus and the new technical center was extremely impressive. I love the Philadelphia area and it is close enough to home, but not too close, so it is really a perfect location in my opinion."

"I also went to Syracuse camp up at Wagner College and Coach (Jim) Salgado introduced me to the rest of the staff while I was up there," Catapano explained. "Coach Salgado and I have a good relationship and frankly, he's just the man. I also spoke with Coach (Greg) Robinson's son who went to my high school and he was a cool guy. They worked me out at fullback, tight end and defensive end and as far as I'm concerned I'll play wherever the coaches think I can help the team the most. I left with a very good feeling about Syracuse."

Catapano is still being recruited by a handful of Ivy League programs and has also been receiving heavy mail from Virginia and Boston College lately. As for a time frame for his decision, the plan at this time is to wait until at least half way through his senior season before pulling the trigger, however in the recruiting world nothing is ever certain.

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