Trattou Talks Favorites

Justin Trattou, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound, 4.7 forty defensive end from Ramsey, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep), has narrowed his list to six favorites. With his decision approaching, who has the edge and what are his thoughts on the Nittany Lions?

Ramsey (N.J.) defensive end Justin Trattou has set June 1 as the day he'll announce his decision, so he's narrowed down the field to his six favorites. The youngster from Don Bosco Prep said Notre Dame leads slightly over Ohio State, Penn State, Boston College, Louisville and Maryland.

"I have to say I'm most comfortable with Notre Dame so I'm leaning their way a little," Trattou said. "I've been to Notre Dame the most (two visits) and I've really gotten to know all the coaches well. I probably feel the most comfortable there. I went to the spring game a couple of weeks ago and it was one of the most fun trips I've had. The game was awesome. There were 40,000 fans there…it was incredible. Before the game, Coach (Charlie) Weis gave me a tour of the campus and I got to meet Coach (Jappy) Oliver, the D-line coach. He's a really good guy.

"Ohio State offered me a couple of weeks ago. I've been a Buckeye fan for a long time. I've talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel on the phone a few times. I get a lot of letters from him too. I haven't been to the campus since I was in eighth grade, but I don't think I need to see the campus before I decide…I know enough about the program to know I'd love to play there."

Trattou has also picked up offers from Rutgers, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and West Virginia. "I really thought about all my offers, but when it came down to it, these were the six programs I feel most comfortable with. Plus, I want a chance to play for a national championship and get a good education at the same time.

"Penn State is always a consideration for me," he said. "I can't rule them out. I've got to know the coaching staff there really well. They are a great bunch of guys. I've talked to them a lot. They have a strong program that's going to be a contender for a long time. It would be great to be a part of that.

"I like Boston College a lot. They have a great defense and they coaches are great. I really like them all. I know a lot of people that go there so I'm won't be going in alone. Plus, I love the location…it's really close to home.

"Louisville is another possibility," Trattou said. "They were one of my first offers. My teammates, Darius Mann (safety) and Brian Roche (offensive line), go there and they've told me so much about the school and the program. I know I'd love it there. Plus, they have a really great defense. The team is really good…they're always in the top 20.

"I also like Maryland. I've talked to Coach (Dave) Sollazzo a lot. He's a great guy. Maryland is a solid team. They've definitely got some good players that can compete and that's what I want in a program."

Trattou reports a 92% GPA/May 6 first-time SAT.


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