Scarpati is obviously very interested in Rice, and is high on the Owls' list of D-Line targets as well.
Tuesday he got a chance to watch the Defensive Linemen work through individual drills with Defensive Line Coach D.J. Eliot. Then watched as the Owls went through about 20 plays of live scrimmaging.
Scarpati liked what he saw.
"I really liked watching the Defensive Line drills. There's a big difference in the level of technique at this level. You have to do a lot of little things really well to be a good player in Division I. I liked what Coach Eliot does with his linemen in practice. Overall, I like the way the coaches run practice here. There's a lot of teaching that goes into every play."
Scarpati's height/weight/speed ratio have made him a popular target for recruiters. Robert's stock is on the rise of late it seems. He told me he is hearing from Colorado State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, and UH, in addition to Rice. Some schools like him at DE, others at Tackle.
He said he will probably play both Defensive Tackle and Defensive End this year at Cy-Ridge and is currently 6-4 255 pounds. Scarpati runs the 40 in 4.75 seconds and consistently runs the short shuttle in less than 4.4 seconds. He said he can control his weight pretty well now, and if needed could gain 15 pounds easily.
I asked Robert how big he thought he would be in college.
"I'm not sure but I think I'll hit 6-5 and could get to 285 pretty easy I think."
Though Scarpati is still waiting on offers, including one from Rice, one school is on the verge of being the first to extend a scholarship.
"Colorado State talked to my coach for a long time and they seem like they are going to offer. I just talked to Purdue yesterday - they want to see my film. I get mail from somebody almost every day. Right now I'm most interested in Rice and Colorado State."
Spring practice at Cy-Ridge begins April 27th - Rice coach Craig Naivar is sure to check out Scarpati at those practices.
Robert confirmed today that he will attend Junior Day this Saturday at Rice.