I had a chance this evening to talk to Rich's high school coach, Vincent Mascia. He had this to say about his young star.
Syracuse, West Virginia, Rutgers, Duke, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Boston College, Miami, Virginia and Stanford.
He has written offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Towson State and Toledo, and verbal offers from Duke, Buffalo and Hofstra. It appears that offers are on the way from Purdue, Virginia Tech and Maryland.
"He loved Syracuse. They had junior day on Saturday and he loved it. He is impressed with West Virginia. He also really likes Maryland, Penn State and Boston College."
Where will he camp?
"He will go to Maryland on the 24 and 25 of this month. He'll go to Penn State 28 and 29th and he might spend a day at Rutgers."
What is the most important thing that he would bring to a college team?
"I have been coaching for 21 years. He is the best snap to whistle player I have ever seen. I had a college coach call me while he was watching the tape. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. He called another coach into the room while he was on the phone. That is how impressed he was with him. He had 64 pancake blocks. That's incredible but true. It is just play after play, he is knocking people down. I have a high light tape of him. The highlights last 14 minutes and that is before you get to his game tapes."
What will be the most important factors determining his choice of a school?
"He is looking for a school with football tradition. He is looking for a place where he can fit in. A place where he'll feel comfortable. That won't be a problem since he is really a great kid."
Where does he project at the next level?
"I see him as a center or a guard. He runs so well that I see him as a guard. With his ability to run it would be a great spot for him."
As to Rutgers
"He was very impressed with Coach Hazel. He knows it is an up and coming program. He feels that it is a good place to be on board when the team turns around. I don't think he is looking to go too far away. He also likes the fact that Schiano came from such a good program at Miami."
Last Season's Honors
"He was all county, we play in the large school conference in Nassau County. He played D'Brickshaw Ferguson. Despite being two years behind him he did well. Rich was also really runner up for the Martone Award for the outstanding lineman in the County."
Last Season's Statistics
"64 pancake blocks. We didn't grade him out since we had a change in staff. I would guess around ninety five per cent. He hasn't allowed a sack in 18 football games."
Rich benches 325 lbs, squats 545lbs, hang cleans 315 lbs, and has a 28" vertical leap.
"He is a good student with an 1100 SAT. GPA about 2.9. He's qualified already."
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