Mike Caprara finished an impressive junior season at Woodland Hills with 121 tackles, eight sacks, an interception and five fumble recoveries. A two-year starter at linebacker for the Wolverines, Caprara has attracted a lot of interest from some schools, and even has a few schools that he is focusing a lot of his attention.
Caprara does a lot of volunteer work in his community, and is also active in the performing arts; a member of the choir at Woodland Hills. Because of a busy schedule away from the football field, it's been tough for him to get to a lot of spring practices. He did get to Pitt for a spring practice.
"I went down there once, I could have gone on the tour, but we stuck around and just watched practice," Caprara said. "I talked with coach (Bob) Junko, and he introduced me to (head) coach (Todd) Graham. I got to meet him, and talked to him for a little bit. He also introduced me to the linebackers coach (Keith Patterson)."
Once he met Patterson, Caprara paid close attention to how the linebackers work.
"All the time," Caprara said, when asked about how much he studies the linebacker position as a whole. "They originally had three linebackers, then they were down to two linebackers. One (Adam Lazenga) was one I played with in high school."
Caprara has had the opportunity to watch Pitt under the previous coaching staff, and now under Graham. Of the coaching style of the new coaching staff, he had this to say.
"They are strictly business, not as lenient," Caprara said. "Once (the new staff) came in, in my opinion, they went to work. I respect their program, and I have a lot of confidence in them."
Caprara isn't sure of his summer camp schedule, but he will head to Penn State this weekend for the Nike Football Training Camp.