Holy Spirit LB Talks About Rutgers Visit

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) linebacker Dan Mastromatteo made a Tuesday visit to Rutgers. He was there from early morning to early evening, and got a look at many different facets of the program. What did he think? And does he still have the Scarlet Knights on top? Mastromatteo shared his thoughts with ScarletReport.com shortly after leaving campus.

Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) linebacker Dan Mastromatteo made his definitive visit to Rutgers, arriving on campus in time for meetings and not leaving for 11 hours.

When he left, Rutgers remained his top school, and the day left quite an impressions. However, Mastromatteo said more schools could enter the mix before he makes his decision either later this spring or in early summer.

"Rutgers is my No. 1 right now, but I have a good feeling I'm going to get a few more offers," the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mastromatteo said. "The Purdue coach said they were going to offer next week when they come by the school. He said they just need to make sure I'm not 5-11.

"I talked to an Alabama coach and they were interested, and I talked to Miami, and I think they're going to offer."

Mastromatteo has long held Rutgers as his favorite, and he said he didn't think he would visit each of the aforementioned schools, but he could visit one of them. He is not certain, though, which one it would be.

As for his trip to Rutgers, which included sitting in on position meetings before the scrimmage and watching the scrimmage from the sideline, it was information-packed and detailed.

"They answered any questions that I had about academics and football and I got to learn about their defensive scheme," Mastromatteo said. "I liked how they did things with the defense, and they talked about where they saw me playing. They said I could play any 3 of their linebacker positions."

However, during a meeting with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, Mastromatteo was told he could be the signal caller of the defense.

"His vision is to end up seeing me play in the middle and making all the calls," Mastromatteo said. "I think it's great. (Assistant) coach (Robb) Smith showed me the whole scheme and how the defense works."

The day wasn't only about football. As is the case at Rutgers, the day-long presentation included a solid dose of academics.

"I met with the dean (Carl Kirschner) and I talked to (director of football academic support) Scott Walker, and they answered all my questions about academics," Mastromatteo said. "It was a long day. It definitely answered all my questions."

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