Dom Natale is ranked as one of the Top 20 players in the talent rich state of New Jersey. He is also the top ranked quarterback prospect in the state, and possesses both the mental and physical qualities that separate him from the rest of the field. Dom is listed at 6'2"/195, and although the official listing has him running the forty in 4.8, his frequent participation at various camps around the country have served to raise his status in the eyes of many recruiters. At a recent combine at Giants Stadium Dom bested his official listing by running a 4.62/40 and a 4.41 in the shuttle.
We had a chance to discuss Dom's recruiting to date:
How is your recruiting process going? Is it everything you expected?
"It's pretty much as crazy as I thought it was going to be. It meets expectations." Dom currently has 9 offers from a variety programs, both local and from around the country. His offers to date include Rutgers, Missouri, Mississippi State, Kent State, Maryland, Kansas, Indiana, Syracuse, and Louisville. Dom has no favorites at this point and remains wide open.
What are the three biggest factors in your decision to attend a school?
"It will come down to [how good my] relationship with the coaches is. That's very important to me. Also very important is the type of offense the school runs." That may be good news for Rutgers fans as the Rutgers offense is quite similar to the type of offense Dom spearheads at the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. As a matter of fact, Dom was visiting his State University, Rutgers, just last week. He spent time with Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano and Offensive Coordinator Craig Ver Steeg. "We went over the playbook with Coach Schiano and Coach Ver Steeg, trying to get more familiar with everything," said Dom.
What other camps are you planning to attend?
The battle for the services of Dom Natale will be hard fought as the young man is being courted by the nation's best programs. "I was at the Nike Camp at Penn State. I'm going to Las Vegas soon. I've already been to Clemson for their camp and Mississippi State. LSU is the last one." Indeed Notre Dame is also in the mix and Pittsburgh is as well. Dom also is planning to be at the Rutgers camp for a day.
What are your feelings on Rutgers?
"They're moving up right now. The facilities are great. The coaches are great, and the offense they run is close to what we have at our school." Dom stated that his recent trip (5 June, 2004) to Rutgers can be described with but one word: "awesome".
Dom does not yet know what official visits he will take. However, he did indicate that he would prefer to commit early, before his senior campaign at the Hun School of Princeton is underway: "If it feels right, I want to commit early, before the season."
Notes: Dom earned All-Mercer County and All-State recognition as a Junior. Against Caldwell, Dom threw for 511 yards, 480 of which were in the first half. He three for 6 TDs and no interceptions.
It was just about this time last year that Rutgers landed the top signal-caller in the state, in Mike Teel. Could another such commitment be in the offing for Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights? Stay tuned to RutgersInsider.com as we bring you the latest developments.
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