N.Y. DL Vallone, Terps share mutual interest

Melville, N.Y., defensive lineman Scott Vallone has no shortage of offers – from Maryland, West Virginia, N.C. State, Michigan State and Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Virginia, Boston College and Rutgers – so it'll probably be a drawn-out recruitment for the standout defensive end.

The Terps, though, appear to be very much in the mix.

"Coach Friedgen is a football mastermind," said Vallone, a 6-3, 250 junior. "And coach Sollazzo is my recruiting coordinator and the defensive line coach, which is really good. He's a great guy."

Vallone has visited Maryland and plans to make another trip sometime this summer. He likes the proximity to him home and the atmosphere of College Park, as well as the competition level Maryland offers.

"Maryland is a nice secluded campus, but then you have D.C. real close by, too," he said. "Plus, it's the ACC, probably the best conference in the country."

Vallone was first offered by Rutgers a couple of months ago, and expected the offers to trickle in. But it's been more like a steady stream.

"Once I got that Rutgers offer," he said, "it just kind of steamrolled."

Vallone took a trip to B.C. this weekend for junior day and enjoyed watching practice and touring the facilities He's also visited several of his other potential college homes and says he is wide open. He's looking to get away from home for college, but not too far away."
"I'd like to be far away that I can grow up, but close enough that my family can see me play," he said.

Last season, as a junior at St. Anthony's, Vallone recorded 66 tackles, eight for loss, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception, helping his team to an 11-0 record. He has good grades and is interested in math and sports, but does not know what major he'd like to enroll in. He can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defense and is being recruited by several programs that run one or the other.

"The more things you can do, the more valuable you are," he said.

He's not quite sure what his summer visit schedule will be. He's also not sure when he'll pick a school. It seems he's a high-level priority for the Terps, and the interest seems to be mutual.

"In an ideal world, I'd like to [commit] before my senior season," he said. "But I don't want to rush and make a premature decision."

We'll keep you posted, as always…

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