Long Island is becoming an area where college recruiters frequent. Among the best players in the area is Scott Vallone. Currently, Vallone holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, Syracuse, Boston College, Duke, Vanderbuilt, Michigan State, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.
Since it is still early in the recruiting process, Vallone has not yet developed a Top 5. Below is a list of schools at he has visited or will be visiting over the next month:
- Rutgers - "It is really a good program. The facilities are state of the art. They will win the national championship. The Big East is up and coming. The school is in the Metro area with a lot of great alumni."
- Virginia - "Coach Diaco (recruiting coach) and Coach London (DL Coach) are always pumped up. The academics speaks for themselves."
- Maryland - "Coach Sollazzo (DL coach) has developed a great relationship. The area has a lot of opportunities. Coach Friedgen is an offensive mastermind."
- Boston College - "Coach Jagodzinski says 'we always puts the academics first and football will take care of itself.' It is in a Metro area which is only 30 minutes from downtown Boston. They are proven winners."
- Syracuse - "I have been talking to them since my sophomore year when I attended their summer camp. Coach Robinson coached the DL in the pros. It is a private school with high academics."
- Connecticut - " I will visit there in a week or two. The facilities have been rumored to be the best in the country and their academics are pretty good."
As far as a decision, Vallone will use the "Triple A" process- Academics, Athletics, and Atmosphere. Regarding academics, he is looking for a school that holds the athletes to a high standard and plans for a life after football. For athletics, the program that he is looking for should provide him with an opportunity to win and motivate the team to win. Finally, the atmosphere refers to a place where he can focus on football and school along with where he buys into the coaching philosophy.
Vallone hopes to make a decision before his senior season. He stated "the way things are looking I feel that I will be able to make a decision by that time." In order to allow his family and friends to see him play, he will likely stay close to home.