Two Stand Out for Holy Spirit's Mastromatteo

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) is home to a number of Division I prospects, and the best of the 2011 class may be linebacker Dan Mastromatteo. He holds offers from Rutgers and Tulane and is also being recruited by Boston College, Penn State and Cincinnati. He told two schools were standing out to him, and also revealed when he plans on making a decision.

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) outside linebacker Dan Mastromatteo's recruitment is just beginning, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder doesn't plan on dragging things out.

He holds offers from Rutgers and Tulane, and is being recruited by Penn State Boston College and Cincinnati as well.

"I was planning on deciding before summer if it all works out," Mastromatteo said. "I think I'll have my mind made up by then. If Penn State offered me, then Penn State and Rutgers are my two. Those are the two programs that I really like right now that are recruiting me."

Mastromatteo was offered by Rutgers during his junior day visit in January, and he believes he is closing in on a Penn State offer. He will be visiting the Nittany Lions on April 9.

"I talked to the (Penn State) linebackers coach (Ron Vanderlinder)," Mastromatteo said. "That's who's recruiting me, and he said he really loved my tape and that they were close to offering me." Mastromatteo added Penn State "would probably be" the school he liked the most during his childhood, adding "I just grew up watching Penn State a lot."

However, his decision will be based on much more than which school he enjoyed watching during his childhood. Mastromatteo said a mix of football and academics are essential in selecting a school, but location wasn't a big factor.

His lone trip to Rutgers was for junior day, but he plans to visit for a spring practice next month. "I have a great relationship with all the coaches there," Mastromatteo said. "I was trying to make the April 2 practice, but I just found out I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm going to try and go another day."

Mastromatteo made 90 tackles and had 11 sacks while leading the Spartans to a 12-0 season and the Non-Public 3 state title.

Although Mastromatteo is one of the top linebackers in New Jersey's 2012 class, his recruitment has been quiet because of his approach. He didn't participate in any combines.

"I'm just really working hard with my team right now, trying to win another championship," Mastromatteo said. "I think if people like my tape, and they see how I play, that's good enough for me."

The low-key approach to recruiting is sitting well with Mastromatteo.

"I'm just trying to have fun with it. It's exciting," he said. "It's a dream come true to have all these schools talking to me."

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