"I'm going to take official visits to Duke (offer), Northwestern, Stanford and Rutgers (offer)," Macaluso explained. "My fifth is open."
"I am looking at places that are academically strong schools. A place where I get along well with the coaches and where I feel comfortable in the school's campus life stuff like that," he said.
Duke will get his first official on Dec. 10, followed by Rutgers on Dec. 17 and Stanford on Jan. 20. "I am still working on setting one up with Northwestern, but it will likely be mid-January," Macaluso noted.
"Rutgers is right around the corner -- about a 45 minute drive -- so I've been there quite a few times unofficially. They were the first school to offer and I know the coaches quite well.
"Stanford is a total all-around school. They are known for both their high academics and their competitive football program. Plus, it's in California, so that's nice.
"I have submitted my entire application to Stanford, so it's just a matter of time before I hear back if I am accepted or not. I have never been to Stanford before, so I am excited to take my trip out there," he commented.
"I was out at Northwestern this past spring and I liked it. The major thing with them is that they are in the Big 10 -- that's a good conference. Plus, they are ranked this year and have a strong football program -- that's what I like about them.
"I am looking at Duke first for academics. The school is just tremendous. I was out there for a camp and the coaches are doing a great job of recruiting. The call every week and send tons of mail. They do a good job," Macaluso added.
With 90 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions with one for a touchdown, Macaluso has been an integral part of Middletown-South's perfect 9-0 record. The team will play Warren Hills Regional for the semi-final round of the state playoffs on Nov. 18.
Macaluso holds a 4.5 grade-point-average on a 4.5 scale with a 1200 SAT score