UNC Hosts Vitiello

With a day off from school, Joe Vitiello decided to visit North Carolina on Monday.

"When I talked to the head coach on the phone, he sounded like he really liked me a lot," Vitiello said. "I also talked to Coach [Keith] Gilmore, the D-line coach, on the phone and he sends me handwritten letters asking me to come up. So I just picked Monday to go."

Vitiello's visit included an individual meeting with Gilmore. Among other things, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound jumbo athlete from Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata discussed the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"He told me that he wants to come back up to my school in April," Vitiello said. "They didn't offer me. They want to see me up at their camp to see how I move. He said that he wants me to gain a little more weight like gain 25 pounds and play inside as a three-tech."

For Immaculata, Vitiello starts at both defensive end and tight end where he accumulated 65 tackles, four sacks, and caught 14 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Most schools are recruiting him for either defensive tackle or tight end.

"I want to see how the season goes and see [which position] I really like and decide then," Vitiello said. "It's more about the school, though – whatever they want me to play, I'm fine with."

Massachusetts has offered Vitiello a scholarship. He's also hearing from Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, and obviously UNC.

Vitiello plans to accept Gilmore's invitation and camp at UNC this summer.

The majority of Vitiello's UNC stay on Monday was spent on the practice field watching the Tar Heels' third practice of the spring.

"It's very similar to ours at my high school," Vitiello said. "They did defensive individuals, they did team drills, and special teams. And then the same thing flip-flops with offense."

Vitiello also hung out with the players in the players' lounge and received a full campus tour.

"The school is beautiful," Vitiello said. "I saw all the different academic buildings and they showed us around the athletic center."

Vitiello followed his UNC visit with a trip to Boston College on Tuesday. He has also attended a junior day at Massachusetts and made several visits to Rutgers, which is 20 minutes from his home.

This Saturday, Vitiello plans to visit Temple.

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