Asprilla Garnering Attention

2011 prospect Manuel Asprilla has not received any offers yet but is getting a lot of interest.

The recruiting process is beginning to pick up for Everett (Mass.) running back Manuel Asprilla.

Asprilla has not received any scholarship offers yet, but he has been in contact with Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland, Syracuse, and Boston College.

“The three schools I'm looking at most right now are Connecticut, Maryland, and Rutgers,” Asprilla said, who has only been to Boston College thus far.

“I haven't made any visits yet, other than going to Boston College. The schools have visited me mostly,” said Asprilla. “I'm going to check out some camps this summer, and I'll be trying to visit schools next school year.”

The class of 2011 prospect is coming off a junior season that featured both individual and team success.

“It was pretty good,” Asprilla said of Everett's 2009 campaign, which included a run to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 Super Bowl but ended in a loss. “We did better than I thought we would.”

Asprilla also put up some impressive statistics despite not being the go-to player on offense.

“I had 10 or 11 touchdowns combined, rushing and receiving,” said Asprilla. “Our team shares the ball a lot on offense, so it's hard to score a lot. But I was the leading scorer on the team.”

Asprilla believes that his greatest strengths are his speed and awareness on the field, which help make him a productive receiver out of the backfield.

“I can catch the ball,” said Asprilla. “I have good hands.”

While his hands may not be in question, the 5-foot-10-inch, 151-pound Asprilla said he wants to work to get bigger. Asprilla added that he wants to improve upon his blocking and special teams play.

However, there is no question that speed and agility are Asprilla's bread and butter. When asked to describe himself, Asprilla put it simply: “quick and elusive.”

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