Newsday all-Long Island performer Scott Vallone, a 6-2, 260-pound defensive lineman out of St. Anthony's (Long Island, N.Y.), visited the University of Virginia on February 24th. He plans to return to Charlottesville tomorrow and has another visit planned for next week.
"I plan on going this Friday for a practice and back for the spring game," Vallone said.
Of his first experience at Virginia, he said, "It was good. I got there - it was a Saturday morning, so I watched them do a morning workout. After that, Coach Groh took us around and took me and my parents around the campus."
Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, N.C. State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin have extended scholarship offers to Vallone. He has visited five of these schools - Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
"The visits have been even for different reasons," Vallone said.
"Rutgers is close to home. They have a great thing going with the football program.
"Virginia is getting better. It is a great academic school...I think it was 34th overall in the nation. I didn't know that until recently. The football is great, too.
"At Maryland, the location is good. You are close to DC. And the football is at a high level. They have great coaches.
"Syracuse has a lot of tradition. They are starting to get it turned around. The coaches said they are done rebuilding. They are trying to get to a bowl game this year.
"Boston College has great academics and a high level of football."
The star junior plans on revisiting each of these schools very soon.
"I'm going the second time around without my parents, to see how I feel about each place," Vallone said.
Though he has only visited the five schools, Vallone says he has not narrowed his list to just the five.
"I'm still pretty open to other schools, too," Vallone said. "I would like to take a trip if I can to Minnesota and maybe a trip to N.C. State.
"I'm taking it for what it is right now and maybe I'll try to narrow it down. I'm not too sure, though."
A decision could come before the start of Vallone's senior season.
"If I'm able to, I'd like to," Vallone said of making a decision before his senior season. "If I'm not able to, I'm not going to rush into anything. When I know for sure, that's when I'll make my decision."
A starter at defensive tackle, Vallone made 88 total tackles including 47 solo efforts last season. A big-time playmaker, he totaled 13 tackles-for-loss and six sacks. Intelligence, intensity and work ethic are important keys to Vallone's success.
"Scott is our starting 3-technique," St. Anthony's assistant coach Mark Maier said. "He has been starting since his sophomore year. He has played all four defensive line positions [in St. Anthony's 4-3 scheme]. He understands the framework of our defense. He is more of an interior line player in my mind. From the waste down, he's thick."
Vallone has one main goal in mind for his senior season.
"My goal is to win three straight state championships," Vallone said. "I want to accomplish that in my senior season. We have won six straight catholic state championships, so the team is going for number seven. This would be my third straight. We want to stay on top."