One of the most promising OL prospects from the state of NJ this year is Dan Larkin of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ. At 6-3, 295 pounds, Larkin plowed the way in 2003 for a rushing attack that ground out better than 1,100 yards. Lining up as an OT in high school, the rising senior was named all-league for his efforts last season.
Larkin has already secured his first scholarship offer from West Virginia and thought he had a second from NC State. However, he learned recently that may not exactly be the case.
"Coach Barry (Pack OL coach Mike Barry) came by the school and offered me," said Larkin. "But I didn't get a call from him in the month of May. He said he thought he had called me so I called him yesterday (Saturday). I talked to him for a while so it seems like my offer might be up in the air. He said they're in the process of evaluating me now."
Despite the mixup on whether the Pack had officially offered, State is still in the mix with a host of other schools including Boston College, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Rutgers. In addition to West Virginia, Larkin said he thought Illinois was very close to offering while Syracuse stated their offer was put in the mail last week. Toledo has also offered.
Larkin is hesitant to name any favorites but says he's still entertaining interest in the Pack.
"I like their recent success," said Larkin. "I've heard about Coach Barry's reputation as a line coach and their new facilities sound nice. I think I'll consider camping at State. I was thinking about it a little bit before but I'm probably thinking about it more now. Coach Barry said they'll probably offer for sure once they see me at camp."
Recruited as both an OT and OG, Larkin plans to take some of his official visits prior to making a decision. He added that distance will not be factor in his decision.