Caggiano Kicking Around Options

Manalapan, N.J., kicker has one offer, lots of interest, and is in no rush to decide.

Michael Caggiano is in no rush to decide his future. When he is ready, however, he will have plenty of options.

The Manalapan, N.J., senior started his high school football career as a quarterback and kicker. That lasted all of one year -- his freshman season -- before he decided only kicking and punting were in his future.

It was a wise move.

Hawaii has offered Caggiano a scholarship, and he will officially visit the school in January. Rutgers and Maryland have been in the picture for at least a year (the Scarlet Knights much longer), while Penn State only recently joined the fold.

"I broke a couple of records," Caggiano said of his career to date. "I have the Shore Conference record for most-career points and the state record for the most extra points scored in a career."

Caggiano and Manalapan play in a New Jersey state title game at Rutgers Saturday, where he has the opportunity to build on his state-most 234 career kicking points.

His resume is why so many programs are interested, but that hasn't sped up the recruiting process. Not in the sense of offers presenting themselves, anyway.

Penn State loses its kicker this year, while the starters at Rutgers and Maryland return. The Terps will not be taking a scholarship kicker this year, while the Lions and Scarlet Knights are still deciding.

"They're looking at a few guys, but they're not 100 percent sure if they're going to offer a kicker or not because they do have a lot of walk-ons," Caggiano said of Penn State. Offensive coordinator John Donovan stopped by the school earlier this week, but Caggiano has yet to visit University Park.

"I'm just going to wait on it. I'm in no rush right now," Caggiano added.

The same theory applies at Rutgers, a program the kicker has known for a long time. Caggiano has participated in numerous Scarlet Knights' camps, and the program has offered a preferred walk-on spot.

"Rutgers is the school I've been to the most," Caggiano said. "They've been recruiting me ever since I was a freshman. They know I'd like to come on scholarship but we'll see how things (go)."

Despite already knowing Maryland won't be offering a scholarship this year -- 2014 Big Ten Kicker of the Year Brad Craddock will return in 2015 -- the Terps are still in play, too.

"Last year, Coach [Andre] Powell offered me a preferred walk-on spot," Caggiano said. "He really likes me and he'd like me to come in and follow in his [Craddock's] footsteps, but they don't have an offer on the table right now."

The kicker said he will see where his options stand after the Hawaii official, which he has not picked a date for yet.


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