Louis Taglianetti is a 6-2, 185-pound safety/linebacker at Central Catholic. He earned all-conference honors this past season alongside Central Catholic teammate Mike Neilson, 2011 four-star linebacker Ejuan Price out of Woodland Hills, and 2012's Mike Caprara out of Woodland Hills, who has already drawn some interest. In his team's system--a 4-4 defensive scheme--Taglianetti plays either the outside linebacker spot, or the safety spot depending on the opponent.
Taglianetti was one of a good number of local prospects that was at Pitt's 74-66 win over Syracuse on Monday night. Though he's been around Pitt his whole life, Taglianetti says he's never been around an atmosphere like the one he was around Monday.
"It was a total shock to me," Taglianetti said. "I used to go to Pitt games when I was younger. They've always been good. It was always amazing, but never like this. The student section, the (Oakland) Zoo going wild. I never saw them like that."
Taglianetti, who finished his junior season with eight sacks, an interception and a pair of passes broken up from his linebacker spot, says it's still too early to figure out what kind of interest he is going to get, but Pitt and Maryland are two schools that he has heard from.
"I met (Pitt head) coach (Todd) Graham," Taglianetti said. "I met coach (Tony) Gibson and a few of the other guys. I've been getting letters regularly. There's a few schools I do hear from, but it's not really anything serious.
"Pitt visited at Central (Tuesday). Coach Gibson was there, I met with him again. Coach (Greg) Gattuso, he used to be the (defensive line) coach at Pitt, and he's now at Maryland. He was in school (Tuesday) as well."
Taglianetti, whose older twin brothers Andrew and Jon are coming off their redshirt sophomore seasons at Pitt, says he has thought about the possibility of also being a Panther.
"I think it would be so awesome with my brothers going there," Taglianetti said. "Pitt is 25 minutes away from my home. I practically go to school there every day. I think it would be really cool.
"I've been watching all their games since I was younger, football and basketball. I think it would be the coolest thing in the world."