Up Close: Nick Cangelosi, Part II

<I>IC</I> recruiting writer Andy Britt is touring the countryside to visit each and every UNC football commitment. Look for his unique two-part profiles all season long. Today -- the second installment on Nick Cangelosi.

(Click here for Part I, which ran yesterday.)


CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- In many cases, collegiate recruiters must strike a balance between keeping in touch with a prospect and wearing out their welcome. What is a once in a lifetime experience for the student-athlete is a highly competitive job that can sometimes make or break the careers of the coaches who attempt to bring them in.

Too few contacts and the recruit's interest in a particular school may dissipate; too many calls and the athlete might feel hunted and choose to distance himself from that university.

"It's a real honor," North Carolina football commitment Nick Cangelosi said. "Everybody is real nice to you and you are treated like a king wherever you go. You feel like all of the work you did paid off when you make a college visit. My dad and I went around to a lot of schools, and every night we would talk about it.

"But it was kind of hectic, and I didn't want it to be that hectic for that long so I made my decision early," he said. "We had three kids here that were getting some big time college looks, and for those two or three months, we would have three or four coaches here a day.

"It seemed they would be there every time you would come out of classes, calling you on the phone and sending you letters. "

It really all came down to where Cangelosi felt comfortable -- as is the case with all recruits. Out of all his coaching suitors, he was most at ease with John Bunting.

Cangelosi also gained a great deal of respect for the UNC quarterbacks coach and his dedication to the game.

"Coach [Gary] Tranquill was the guy besides Coach Bunting that I felt most comfortable with," Cangelosi said. "He's in the office at six o'clock every morning. He just seems like an awesome guy. I met a lot of offensive coordinators, and he seemed like the guy that I wanted to spend time with and win some ballgames with."

And the Kenan Football Center, not yet a decade old, continues to pay dividends in the area of enticement.

"The facilities there are top notch," Cangelosi said. "I've been to a lot of schools and the facilities there are great. The weight room and the field are awesome."

Of the non-specialty positions, the quarterback spends the least amount of time with the strength and conditioning staff. Outside the weight room and away from the practice field, Cangelosi and fellow QB commitment Roger Heinz will be devoted to breaking down game footage.

"[The UNC coaches] told me its very time consuming and that I will be down there to play football," Cangelosi said. "They told me to expect a lot of competition, because in the ACC, everywhere you go there are a lot of people to compete with."

At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and capable of running a 4.7 40-yard dash, Cangelosi's physical attributes are ideal. He will look to Tranquill and the rest of the UNC coaching staff to help him hone the skills that could not be packed into four years of prep training.

"At the high school level, you only have so much time to work on the fundamentals," Camden Catholic head coach Dennis Scuderi said. "He's going to have somebody working with him almost 24 hours a day. He's just has to learn a little bit more about when to throw the ball and reading the defenses -- just basic stuff that he'll learn when he gets more reps in college."

"Nick's going to have to learn all that, although he does a good job now," he said. "We go with three, four and five wides, and we never have to tell him who to throw the ball to."

"He could really be a stud."

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