South Park TE sets camp schedule

Dante DaBaldo is a 6-5, 250-pound tight end and defensive end for the South Park Eagles. This year, the Eagles will be moving up in classification, to Class AAA where they will be a part of the Big Seven Conference, with next-door neighbor Thomas Jefferson.

DaBaldo, who also plays defensive end, finished his junior season with 12 receptions for 143 yards and two touchdown receptions. He has had interest from several Big East and MAC schools, including Pittsburgh. DaBaldo took in a few Panther games this past fall, and is looking to camp there this summer.

"The coach recruiting me is (defensive line) coach (Greg) Gattuso," DaBaldo said. "He says they want me at tight end, and they might want to move me to tackle."

Former Trinity standout Andy Milller, who played in the same classification as DaBaldo's Eagles, was recruited to Ohio State as a tight end, but was moved to left tackle, where he became the starter. DaBaldo is keeping an open mind about the possibility.

"It depends on what I can run a 40 in," DaBaldo said. "If I can run a 4.8, they'll keep me at tight end. If it's going to get me to play, I really don't have a problem with (playing tackle). I love playing tight end and catching the ball, but if that's the way it's got to be, then that's the way it's got to be."

Regardless, DaBaldo is looking forward to camping at Pitt, in hopes of getting a written offer from the Panthers.

"They said they want me to come down to their rising senior camp," DaBaldo said. "They said if I do well there, usually after that camp, that's when they're going to get their board started, and they'll start offering. If I go down there and do well, I could have an offer."

In addition to Pitt, DaBaldo has heard from West Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Toledo, Bowling Green, UConn and Youngstown State.

"I'm going to the West Virginia camp on June 20," DaBaldo said. "Then, I'm going to shoot up to Toledo--they're having a camp with Youngstown State. Then, Duquesne and Villanova are having a camp together. It's right in my backyard."

Other than his camp schedule, DaBaldo said he's looking forward to his senior year and moving up in classification. Every year, his team scrimmages Thomas Jefferson. Now, they get to be in the same conference as the Jaguars.

"It's an opportunity to play new teams and new people," DaBaldo said.

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