A Call Out Of The Blue

Carlo Calabrese likes to regularly check in with the college coaches recruiting him. Today after school, he gave Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina a call.

The conversation got a lot more intense than the Verona, N.J. product thought it would.

"I called my recruiting coach, Latina, to see what's up and all," Carlo Calabrese said. "I talked to him about attending their upcoming junior day, and there is the spring game I might want to go to.

"Then he put Charlie Weis on the phone, and he gave me an offer,"

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Calabrese now has scholarship offers from the Irish, Rutgers and Syracuse. Virginia, Boston College and Penn State are a few of the many showing him interest.

"Coach Weis was like I put your film on and I really liked it, and it's what I needed to see," Calabrese said. "He said I like Jersey boys like Anthony Fasano, and that's why I want to give you an offer.

"I was excited. I didn't even know what to say. I was like thanks coach.

Calabrese plays at the same high school Fasano, the former Notre Dame tight end, starred at, and is real good friends with his little brother.

The first player to start as a freshman since Fasano, this past season, Calabrese racked up 104 tackles with 34 of those coming for loss including six sacks. He also forced three fumbles, picked off two passes and used his 4.7 speed to rush for 800 yards as Verona High's quarterback.

Notre Dame likes Calabrese at inside linebacker.

Calabrese has been to South Bend twice, and is a big fan of the Irish tradition and their facilities. Judging by his conversation with Latina today, he will return to campus soon.

However, don't expect a verbal commitment somewhere in the near future.

"I want to take some official visits.

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