N.J. LB Wants to See More Before Decision

Three-star Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) linebacker Dan Mastromatteo will be off to the University of North Carolina tomorrow for an unofficial visit. ScarletReport.com caught up with the rising senior-to-be with 10 verbal scholarship offers to find out what that means for Rutgers and for his potential commitment date.

Dan Mastromatteo saw plenty from Rutgers after he visited during the spring, but wants more information about the other schools recruiting him. The three-star Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) linebacker will visit North Carolina tomorrow and hopes to visit a few others schools before deciding this summer.

"I want to make sure I see as much as I can from schools before I make a decision," Mastromatteo said. "I want to decide before my senior season, so I can focus on that. I don't want to make an uninformed decision."

Going to Chapel Hill, N.C., for an unofficial visit to see the Tar Heels, Mastromatteo wants to learn about one of his top-five schools.

"I want to get as much information as possible," he said. "I'm expecting to meet the coaches and meet a bunch of people. I really just want to learn more about the school."

In no particular order, Mastromatteo said his five favorite schools are Boston College, Rutgers, Michigan State, North Carolina and Maryland.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker already spent time at Boston College and Rutgers and said he wants to return to BC and get to Michigan State. The common theme between the four schools on Mastromatteo's visit list?

Strong academics.

"That's something that's really important to me and to my family," Mastromatteo said. "Academics are a big deal."

Mastromatteo was aware of Rutgers' prominence in Academic Progress Rate, he said, but had not yet heard about another top 10 percent finish for the program.

"That's good," he said upon hearing the news. "That's a big deal."

Other than academics, Mastromatteo said his college interests are "pretty basic."

"I want to go to a school that makes me feel great about being a part of the program," he said. "Stability in the coaching staff is big. It has to feel right."

Rutgers is in good standing with Mastromatteo after he spent all day in Piscataway during the second spring scrimmage. Between academics, proximity and Greg Schiano in his second decade as head coach.

"I have a great feel with the school," said Mastromatteo, who attends school approximately 90 minutes from campus. "I'm very comfortable there and have a great relationship with the coaching staff after spending the whole spring game there. It was a long day, but a good one."

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