DL Prospect Looking Close and Far

The recruiting season is winding down and letter of intent day is drawing near, but many prospects, nationally and locally, are still taking visits and weighing their options. One such prospect is <b>Dario Arezzo</b> (6-foot-2 and 233 pounds) who hails from Syracuse, New York, while attending Christian Brothers Academy.

Dario Arezzo finished his senior season at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) with 98 tackles, 24 of which were for loss, and 8 sacks.  At CBA Arezzo has played both the tackle and end position. 

Arezzo received early offers from Arizona State and Pittsburgh.  However, the Sun Devils have stayed with Arezzo from day one, and are still heavily involved with the New York prospect.

"I enjoy the weather down there.  The guys are pretty cool, the players and the coaches.  It's less than a six hour flight, so it's really not that bad [in terms of distance]."

Having visited the campus of ASU, located in Tempe, Arizona, back in December, Arezzo is fully aware of the climatic differences between the buried-in-snow upstate New York and the warm and comfortable desert southwest.

After his visit to ASU, Arezzo left impressed.  However, he insists he has no favorites at this time and plans on continuing with his visits.  Next on the agenda is Rutgers, slated for the 21st of January. 

"Coach Melvin is recruiting me from Rutgers.  I like him, I like him a lot.  They've [Coach Schiano and Coach Melvin] been to my house and we've talked.  They see me as a defensive end [at the next level].

What are Arezzo's impressions of the New Jersey school?

"I think Coach Schiano has done a great job.  I think it's a good place to be.  That program is going in the right direction."

Most recently, what some may consider a surprising school entered the picture for the DE prospect.

"Notre Dame just called the other day."  The Irish, who have yet to extend an offer, seem to be making a late push for Arezzo and scheduling a future visit to South Bend is possible. 

Arezzo also has an offer from Big 10 power Wisconsin, but was uncertain whether the Badgers would receive one of his official visits.

With it getting so late in the recruiting process most prospects must have a rather firm idea of what they are looking for in a school.  "How I fit in is very important, both with the players and coaches.  These are the guys that I'll be spending so much time with for the next few years, so how I fit in is very important to me."

Arezzo indicated that he does not have a favorites list at this time.  However, it is safe to say that a final four, in no particular order, consists of Arizona State, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Wisconsin.  Of those schools, only the Irish have not offered.

When should fans be expecting a decision from Arezzo?

"Definitely after I take my visits.  Probably close to the end of January."


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