Florida Lineman Looking at Several

A.J. Ganguzza is a talented interior player who came on strong as a junior. He finished last season with 92 tackles and five sacks before being honored as a 2nd team All-County pick on the defensive line. He played his junior season at Pope John Paul H.S. Ganguzza was one of several standouts at the Rutgers Camp in Palm Beach earlier this summer.

Two-way lineman A.J. Ganguzza (6-3, 265-pounds), of West Boca Raton High School in Florida, is still waiting on his first scholarship offer. He is a standout on both sides of the ball and is recruited as such by several different programs. "I don't have any offers, but South Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, UCF, N.C. State and Pittsburgh are recruiting me the hardest," A.J. Ganguzza said. "I don't have any favorites."

Ganguzza recorded 92 tackles and five sacks in 2005 and is looking to improve his stock during the early part of his senior season.

"They all are really interested, and they want to see tape of my first two games this season," he said. "They want to see how much I've improved over the summer."

Ganguzza has visited N.C. State, Rutgers and UCF this summer.

"Rutgers has nice facilities," he said. "They like me on defense, and I like their defensive line coach."

"I was really impressed with N.C. State. They have nice facilities, and I like their offensive line coach."

"UCF has a nice campus, good coaches and good facilities. They like how I move and see me as an offensive lineman."

Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Syracuse are also in the hunt for Ganguzza's signature.

"I like Pitt's coaches, and they want me on defense," he said. South Carolina and Syracuse like me on defense. They like that I'm quick and aggressive and how I use my hands."

When it does come time to decide, Ganguzza has already laid out the criteria for his decision.

"I want my parents to be able to see the games," he said. "I want to fit in, to go where I'm wanted and to have a chance to compete for early playing time. I don't prefer offense or defense, I just like to get after it. I'd like to take my visits after the season and decide near signing day."

Ganguzza bench presses 300, squats 500 and power cleans 275. He carries a 3.0 GPA and scored 890 on the SAT.


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