Trattou Talks About PSU Jr. Day Visit

The interest around Garden State defensive end Justin Trattou continues to grow. With nine offers to date, Trattou talks about his recent visit to University Park for the program's Junior Day and meeting Joe Paterno. He also discusses how he's approaching selecting his leaders.

New Jersey defensive end Justin Trattou (6-4, 250, 4.7) emphatically denies a favorite. He claims to has written offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Boston College, Louisville, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

"I don't have a favorite, but I've visited Penn State, Notre Dame and Boston College," Trattou said. "It's easier and more comfortable to talk about the schools I've actually seen. I'm not ready to give a leader because it's just to early. I'm open to any school right now. I'm looking to go to a school that can win a national championship plus has good academics.

"I really like Boston College. They verbally offered me last summer and then came in with a written offer the first day they could. I'm familiar with the program because I go to camp their every summer with my team. It's about three and a half hours from my house. Plus, I have a couple of good friends that play there--Brian Toal, who plays linebacker, and Ryan Lindsey, who is coming in this year as a wide receiver. There is a comfort factor about knowing guys on the team already.

"I'm going down to Notre Dame again for their spring game on April 22," said the four-star defender from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey. "I already went down there for junior day in December but all the students were out for winter break, so I really didn't get to experience the school the way I'd have liked to. I can't wait to go to the game. They said there are going to be like 45,000 people there. It's going to be so much fun."

Trattou said he maintains constant contact with the Fighting Irish. "I get handwritten letters from the coaches all the time. That's really flattering. I call them when I have a question or just to check in. All the coaches there are really great.

"Penn State offered me last month," he said. "I went to their junior day and got to meet Coach (Joe) Patterno. That was really cool. We didn't really get into anything when I was there. My visit was really just to take a look at the school. The campus is about four hours from my house."

Trattou said that distance is not a factor. "I'm looking for a school that can give me a good education. Three hour car ride or three hour flight--it doesn't matter.

He denied plans for officially visiting any schools yet...but did say, "I have a school in mind that I'd like to officially visit for sure, but I don't want to say anything yet.

"I can move really quickly and I'm strong. On the field, I can get by a guy and then beat him with my speed. I'm very critical of everything I do, I guess you can call that my weakness. I'm never satisfied with anything I do. I really want to just work on everything. I'm my own hardest critic."

Trattou reports a 92% GPA/May first-time SAT.


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