Caputo Has Options

After transferring from Blackhawk high school to West Allegheny, Caputo wasn't even sure he would start let alone become a high profile D-I prospect. Now, the humble and very talented athlete is taking the whole recruiting process in stride and weighing his options.

Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny junior outside linebacker/safety Michael Caputo went from a relative unknown at Blackhawk to a superstar at the Class AAA powerhouse coached by Bob Palko.

"It has taken me by surprise how it has all worked out," Caputo said. "I figured when we moved here that I would have a chance to start, but I didn't know what to expect. West Allegheny was coming off a rough season and they didn't make the playoffs. We made it to the state semi-finals and we lost to Manheim Central."

Caputo is humble and doesn't take a lot of credit, but for those of us who watched West Allegheny this season know Caputo had a lot to do with the turnaround. The all-everything prospect ran for 2,629 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior. Despite the statistics and the personal accolades, Caputo just recently picked up his first scholarship offers.

"Penn State was the first school to offer me a scholarship," Caputo said. "They offered me about a week ago. I was pretty excited as it was unexpected. I talked with Coach (Tom) Bradley before, but I wasn't expecting them to offer. Bradley to my coach (Bob Palko) that they were sending me an offer. I ran into Coach Bradley at school and he said the offer would be in the mail."

The Pittsburgh Panthers weren't too far behind.

"Pitt offered me last Tuesday when (Dave) Wannstedt was at the school," Caputo explained. "He was watching my film with Coach Palko and I walked by the office. He shook my hand and said I would be getting an offer from the University of Pittsburgh. I was really hoping they would offer me.

"I was very excited," Caputo stated. "I really didn't think Pitt or Penn State would offer me. Tyler Palko comes to the school and works out with us all the time, so we always talking about the recruiting process and about Pitt."

Purdue was the most recent program to offer Caputo.

"Purdue offered me today (Monday) actually," Caputo said. "One of their defensive coaches was at the school and they told Coach Palko that they wanted to offer me."

West Allegheny may be hosting another big time college coach today as Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is expected to make his way to imperial.

"Coach (Jim) Tressel is supposed to come by the school today to talk to Coach Palko about a few players," Caputo stated. "I'm not sure if they will offer, but I hope they do."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound all-everything athlete was supposed to play basketball this season for West Allegheny, but he needed time to let his body heal.

"I was going to play basketball, but we had a long season and I had to let my body heal up," Caputo said. "I'm lifting everyday and I plan on continuing that. I'm also going to go out for track. I do the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and I run the 4x100-meter relay." Caputo is also hearing from Boston College, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

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