Colasanti Rakes in Offers

If you measure the quality of the prospect by the number of scholarship offers he has, Chris Colasanti has to be working his way toward being the best prospect in Michigan. The hard-hitting middle linebacker from Brother Rice high school (Birmingham, Mich.) had all of the top schools in the Midwest pursuing him and now his recruitment has expanded to both coasts.

If you're looking for a linebacker that can plug the middle of your defense, you probably won't find a better player than Chris Colasanti (6-2, 235-pounds). He has instincts and he has a knack for finding the ball. His skills are also attracting a lot of early scholarship offers.

"They're going good," Colasanti replied when asked how recruiting was progressing. "College recruiting is going pretty well. Last week Iowa, Arizona State and UCLA offered me. I think I'm at ten right now.

"I talk to Penn State once in a while. They haven't offered me, but talk to coach [Ron] Vanderlinden every two weeks."

In addition to the scholarship offers that recently landed in Colasanti's mailbox, he has offers from Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, Eastern Michigan and central Michigan.

One school many Irish fans would like to see on that list is Notre Dame.

"No they haven't," Colasanti replied when asked if Notre Dame had been in touch with him. "I haven't really heard that much from them. I'm really not sure what's happening with them."

Colasanti certainly has enough offers to being paring down his list of schools, but before he does he's going to make several unofficial visits.

"Probably by mid spring," Colasanti said of his timetable to narrow his schools to a manageable number. "I'm probably going to go to a few schools. I'm going to go to Boston College. I'm going to go to Michigan again. I'm going to go to UCLA and then to Iowa as well. By mid spring I'll have my list down to about five.

"What I'm shooing for, and my coach wants me to do, is to make a decision before next season," he added.

Colasanti had 153 tackles, four sacks and an interception in 2005. Top Stories