There For The Taking

One thing that's not up for debate is the fact that the Purdue football staff can evaluate talent. Purdue was the first to offer Mike Macellari from South Bend (Ind.) Clay. Macellari is a "Top 100" Midwest prospect.

Mike Macellari, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound, defensive end, from South Bend (Ind.) Clay is among the "Top 100" prospects in the Midwest.

Macellari will be three-year starter on both sides of the ball in 2002. He had 60 tackles, 40 solo's, 11 sacks and 10 tackles for loss and two blocked punts as a junior.

Macellari looks like a top-drawer prospect on film yet only Stanford, Purdue and Indiana have offered a scholarship.

What are we missing here? Either we can't judge talent to save our lives or there's something we just don't know about.

I guess nobody wants a prospect that was all-state as a junior. Was named to the Indiana "Tremendous 26" pre-season all-state team and is also a member of the Midwest Recruiting & Film Evaluation Midwest Top 100.

Did I forget to mention that Macellari could play about three different positions at the next level? That he has a 3.7 GPA and scored 1370 on his SAT. Oh yeah. He's also a role model in his high school and the community.

Guess there's about 100 D-1 schools that already have these types of young men on their squads.

We caught up with Mike to ask him how his summer went.

"Purdue, Indiana and Stanford are my only offers." Macellari said. "I camped at Stanford this summer and they offered me a scholarship.

"My favorites are still Purdue, Stanford, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Northwestern. I don't know why but I just don't hear much from Notre Dame."

Macellari says he put on about 10 pounds this summer and he's weighing in at 255-pounds. It should be interesting to see if any other schools offer Mike. If not, Purdue, Stanford or Indiana will get a complete steal.

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