Giacone Holds Rutgers in "High Regard"

The St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, NJ.) pair of Brandon Napoleon and Michael Giacone spent the weekend at Indiana University on an unofficial visit. caught up with the duo after a flight home to discuss how the visit went and thoughts on Rutgers. Giacone marks the second half of our story.

Indiana University went from one of five schools to verbally offer Michael Giacone to being held in "high regard" after a weekend unofficial visit.

The rising senior St. Peters Prep tight end flew out to Bloomington, Ind., last weekend with teammate Brandon Napoleon and left with a better impression of the school.

"The visit definitely impacted my opinion of them," Giacone said. "I don't have an order to my list now, but when I make it later in the summer, I will hold them in high regard."

Giacone and Napoleon spent the weekend in Indiana and took the grand tour of all things Hoosiers.

"It was really good," Giacone said. "They don't have a strong tradition out there, but they're building one with a new staff. They have new facilities, they just need the players.

"It was a great visit. I spent a lot of time with Coach Wilson and we talked a lot about how I could fit there. It was a good experience."

For Giacone, however, the best part was not the visit itself, but going with Napoleon.

"Brandon is one of my best friends," Giacone said. "It's good to go through this process together. We have similar interests, likes, dislikes. It's relaxing to have someone with you."

Both Giacone and Napoleon said playing together at the next level is feasible. Both have offers from Rutgers, Connecticut and Indiana.

"I could definitely see that happening," Giacone said. "We talk about doing it every day. It would be awesome. There are not a lot of people that can say that their college teammate is someone they played with in high school. I guess we'll see how things go."

Napoleon named Rutgers his co-leader earlier today and Giacone said the Scarlet Knights will be in "high regard" when he makes his list later in the summer.

A lot of that comes thanks to assistant coach Jeff Hafley.

"I talk to Hafley almost every day," Giacone said. "Everyone at our school loves him. I've known him for a while. He's the kind of coach you can trust."

Attending St. Peters Prep also gives Giacone the unique perspective of multiple Division I seniors from the Class of 2011.

With Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin headed to Rutgers and Sheldon Royster headed to South Carolina, Giacone does not have to look far for advice.

"I talk to those three about the process a lot," Giacone said. "I talk with all of them and they all give good advice. Obviously I hear a lot of ‘look at Rutgers. Come play with us,' but they want you to do what's best for you in the end.

"They know what to look at. They tell you what things to pay attention too and to make sure you enjoy the recruiting process along the way."

Giacone has no leaders among his five verbal scholarship offers and plans to set up camps and visits soon.

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