Prospect Says He'd Love a UM Offer

This talented quarterback prospect says he would love to obtain a scholarship offer from UM. Miami is recruiting him, and he's already gotten several of them from other programs.

In what appears to be one of the strongest years for talent in the state of New Jersey in quite some time, the University of Miami is expected to recruit some of its top players this season. One of those players is Cherry Hill (NJ) Camden Catholic standout quarterback Nick Cangelosi.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Cangelosi grew up thinking he was going to be a basketball player for the rest of his athletic career. However, when his head football coach approached him at the beginning of his ninth grade year about playing football, it may have changed his life.

"I've always played basketball," Cangelosi told me. "When I got to high school, the football coach approached me and asked if I wanted to come out for football. He thought I would make a good defensive end, but I told him I wanted to play quarterback. So when I went out there, he gave me a chance at quarterback and I've been one ever since."

Perhaps even more impressively is the fact that Cangelosi has been a starting small forward since his freshman year on his school's basketball team, which finished as the No. 2-ranked team in the state this past season.

"I'm going to give up basketball in college," he said. "I want to focus on football and being a quarterback makes it especially tough. With all the film study, I want to dedicate all my time to being a quarterback."

Inside the classroom, Cangelosi carries a 3.2 GPA and is still waiting for his test scores to come back. That shouldn't be a concern, as he just ended a four-week study program that he felt very comfortable with.

"I was pretty busy last month with all the recruiting stuff," he said. "We have two other excellent players on our team that are being recruited by a lot of colleges so we had a lot of schools come by. Some of the ones I talked to on the phone were Notre Dame, Miami, Rutgers, Boston College, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, just about all the Ivy League schools, North Carolina, Duke, and N.C. State."

Cangelosi said he's getting good response in regards to scholarship offers as well.

"A lot of coaches have talked about it on the phone and I've gotten five offers through the mail," he said. "Rutgers has offered me, North Carolina, Iowa, Virginia Tech, and Boston College."

Cangelosi said he was more surprised than anything when UM coach Greg Mark stopped by the school and later called.

"I was real surprised," he said. "That's Miami. I mean that would be a great opportunity for me, but it just seems out of my league right now. They can go out and offer anyone they want, but I'd love to get offered by Miami. He said they watched me on tape and they really liked what they saw. He said they'd be watching me closely this season. Miami is a great program. They're the Duke of football and they'd definitely move near the top of my list if they were to offer me a scholarship."

In addition to the Hurricanes, Cangelosi says five other schools round out his list of early favorites. "I also like North Carolina, Boston College, Penn State, Iowa, and probably Notre Dame. I'm going to wait and take some trips and see which schools are going to offer before I start narrowing things down."

The talented quarterback, who plans on attending summer camps at Penn State and Boston College, said he has one thing on his mind right now. "All this personal recruiting stuff is great, but the team comes first and I'd love to win a state championship this season."

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