Trattou is Still Working

When Charlie Weis talks about getting the Notre Dame program to the next level, he generally touches on recruiting players that are capable of playing early in their college careers. Top-100 defensive end prospect Justin Trattou, Don Bosco prep school (Ramsey, N.J.) is one of those players Weis is referencing.

Justin Trattou (6-4. 235 pounds) received one of the first scholarship offers that Weis handed out to the 2007 recruiting class when he took his initial trip to South Bend for the January 14 junior day. Trattou will return to Notre Dame in a month to find out a little more about the university.

"I'm hoping to see what it's all about when I go down there on April 22 to see the spring game," Trattou replied when asked what he expected to find out about Notre Dame on his second trip. "I think I'm going to go down there for two or three days. I'm going to fly out. I just want to see what their team looks like and how they run and stuff. I'm sure it's going to be great but I just want to see what it's like. I want to get a general feel for the entire school.

"I've been talking to coach Latina, I like him a lot. I like all the coaches there. If I need any information about the school I'll just call him and he'll answer my questions.

"I'm looking for a school that has great academics and that I think is going to be competing for a national championship. I think Notre Dame has both of those characteristics."

Although the Irish will be in the mix for Trattou's signature throughout the recruiting process, he will have plenty of options when he makes his college decision.

"As of now, I'm going to give all the schools that have offered me a chance," Trattou said when asked if he had begun to narrow his choices down. "I have scholarship offers from Boston College, Louisville, Rutgers, Notre Dame, University of North Carolina, Penn State, Maryland, Northwestern, and Pittsburgh.

"I get letters from Miami, USC and all those schools. I've gotten general letters from Florida and Michigan…maybe, eventually it'll come around but right now I haven't heard much.

"It's definitely where I want to be, but I don't want to stop now," Trattou replied when asked if he was pleased with the number of early scholarship offers. "Originally I didn't expect it but I guess it's gotten bigger than I thought. I worked hard, just as hard as anyone, and my goal was always to be where I am now. I'm just going to keep working. Now I just have to go to the next step and go through my next season." Top Stories