Trattou Names Finalists

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep defensive end Justin Trattou has narrowed his college choices to four schools and is prepared to announce his college decision on a nationally televised broadcast une 2. Penn State is among his four finalists.

Trattou is set to announce his college choice during a live nationally televised broadcast on an ESPN network from the ESPN Zone in New York City.

“It is pretty exciting,” Trattou said. “I got a letter inviting me to announce on television whenever I made my decision. I called them up and scheduled it.”

Trattou (6-4, 255, 4.7) told on Wednesday night that he has narrowed his college choices to four schools — Penn State Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

“I just got an offer from Florida,” he said. “It’s between those four.

“Basically, I could say the same type of thing about every one of those schools. I know at each of those schools I would get a great education. And I know all of those schools will be competing for the national championship.”

Here’s what Trattou had to say about each of his four finalists:

• On Penn State: “I have been there on their junior day. I got a chance to see their facility and their stadium. It was a really nice place.”

• On Florida: “They are definitely going in the right direction. They had the number one draft class last year and I know they are just going to keep getting better.”

• On Notre Dame: “I went to their spring game and it was a great experience. I liked being around that atmosphere.”

• On Ohio State: “I think they have a great tradition there. They send a lot of guys to the pros. They play in big bowl games and they play for the national championship. ... I haven’t been to the (OSU) 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.”

Before narrowing his list, Trattou also had offers from Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and West Virginia.

Trattou plays for Don Bosco Prep, one of the top high school programs on the Eastern seaboard. He helped lead the team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Group 4 Parochial championship game.

He earned Associated Press all-state honors as a junior, when he tallied 90 tackles and 10 sacks.

“I probably came out in the first quarter in six or seven of our games last year,” Trattou said. “I would say that my speed and my size off the edge, those are the areas where I excel.

“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.”

Don Bosco Prep will make a rare Ohio appearance this season as it will tackle Centerville in the Sept. 16 Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge. He is a teammate at Don Bosco Prep of quarterback Matt Simms, son of former New York Giants star Chris Simms.

Trattou holds an A-average in his coursework and took the SAT in early May.


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