Neshaminy TE Impressed by Panthers

Pittsburgh likes to have two styles of tight end, one who can stretch the field and another who can block at the point of attack and still be a receiving threat. Paul Carrezola would be classified in the later category and he talks to us about his two trips to Pittsburgh along with his other offers.

Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy tight end Paul Carrezola may be the most complete tight end in the state this year. Brock DeCicco (Thomas Jefferson) and Justin Renfrow (Penn Charter) are both very good, but they are more vertical receiving threats. Carrezola is your prototype blocking/receiving combo type prospect. At 6-foot-4 and 250-pounds, Carrezola can more than hold his own in the trenches.

Last season, as a junior Carrezola also caught 18 passes for 260 yards and two scores. Not overwhelming statistics, but for those of us who have seen the Redskins know that they like to run and run some more.

The talented tight end has picked up early offers from the likes of North Carolina State, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Buffalo. He talked to us about his unofficial visits that he has taken to every school that has offered with the exception of Syracuse and Buffalo.

Pittsburgh: "I went to Pitt's Junior Day and was impressed with what I saw. I will be going back on for a practice so I can get to know the players and coaches better, see a scrimmage, meet the academic support people, and check out the campus with my parents. Pitt uses their tight ends a lot and that is important to me. Also it's a great school with fine academics.

Carrezola ventured to Pittsburgh again two weeks ago for the Panthers first scrimmage.

"I went to Pittsburgh last Friday, watched a practice, stayed overnight, and went to Blue Chip Day on Saturday," Carrezola said. "My parents and I had a good talk with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt about the benefits of going to Pitt and playing for the team. I also met with the academic support coordinator and he talked about the daily life of a Pitt football player when it came to academics.

"I went into a tight end meeting with Coach (Brian) Angelico and watched film with the Pitt tight ends," Carrezola continued. "The meeting went well and I got a feel of what Coach Angelico expects from his tight ends. Afterwards I watched a great practice. The team was getting ready for their inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, so I got to see how they prepared. I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

"The coaching staff and players were so down to earth, but they still went about their business efficiently. Overall the trip went really well. Two of the highlights of my visit were talking with LeSean McCoy and a personal tour of Heinz Field. I like how the Pitt program is taking big strides and their focus and commitment to winning more games this year. Their past three recruiting classes have a lot of talent. It was a great visit.

Iowa: "I was very excited to get an offer from Iowa. They have a long tradition of producing the best tight ends in the country. Dallas Clark is one of my favorite players. Even though it is far from where I live, I want to check it out. I hear a lot of great things about the program, facilities, and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. The Big Ten is very competitive. I read that the school is the 64th best public university in the nation. Given all of that, I plan on making a visit with my dad in the very near future. I want to see some practices, meet the coaches, get a feel for the players, and check out the campus."

Rutgers: "I went to the Rutgers inter-squad scrimmage two Saturday's ago. I enjoyed seeing the offense and tight ends up close. Rutgers is one hour away from my house. They have been one of my early favorites since I attended their summer camp last year. Rutgers is a very good school and Coach (Greg) Schiano is making progress in building up the program. The coaches are down to earth. Coach Schiano told me he is not just looking for tight ends, but quality people who can take the program to the next level. He wants me to be a part of the Rutgers family. It was great to get an offer from Rutgers! I hope to go to their spring game on April 19.

NC State: "I went down to NC State with my parents and really liked everything that I saw. The school, football facilities, players, coaches, and Head Coach Tom O'Brien was great. They like to use the tight ends. Everyone seemed really positive there.

Carrezola also plans of checking out Syracuse and Buffalo in the near future.


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