19 and Counting for Garden State Gem

The whirlwind of a recruitment continues for Anthony LaLota. Blink an eye and you may miss his latest 'ship. LaLota, arguably the top overall prospect in the Garden State this year, is nearing the 20-offer mark, but continues to stay humble and focused on the work ahead.

Anthony LaLota's stock went from relative anonimity to virtual rock-star status in the matter of a few short months. The Garden State standout currently stands at 19 scholarship offers, with the latest coming courtesy of Miami and Virginia Tech.

"Recruiting has continued to pick up in the last few weeks. I'm up to 19 offers now, the most recent being Miami and Virginia Tech. Of the schools that haven't offered yet, the ones showing the most interest and may be close to offering are Florida, Michigan, and Notre Dame, all of whom I'm definitely interested in," stated LaLota.

The month of April is already being billed as a busy one for LaLota, with several trips already planned.

"I plan on attending Penn St.'s Junior Day April 5th, and Spring Games at UVA on the 12th and Rutgers on the 19th," continued LaLota.

Though the scholarship offers continue to pour in at a furious pace, LaLota continues to focus on the weight room, constantly working to improve himself.

"My spring workouts have been going very well. I'm lifting with my brother, a personal trainer, four times per week, and working with speed trainers at Hun twice a week. I also work on conditioning on my own. I plan on keeping up this routine for the next two months until school is is over, then working out twice a day, 4-5 times per week, and combining speed training and lifting in a morning/night split, as well as well as football-related workouts at Hun," said LaLota.

Among LaLota's many offers stands a 'ship courtesy of his state school, Rutgers. LaLota talked about his recruiter from RU - Recruiting Coordinator/TEs Coach Joe Susan - and the general state of the Scarlet Knights program.

"I have spoken to Coach Susan several times. I think he is a very honest coach who is also very direct with his players. I've met him several times and I think we have a nice relationship overall."

"I think that Coach Schiano has Rutgers on the rise in the Big East. In the past several years they've improved significantly and I think they will continue to do so into the future."

When we last caught up with LaLota, he indicated the possibility of ending his recruitment relatively early, and likely prior to the fall football season. While that line of thought has not changed significantly one way or another, the recent surge of interest and accompanying offers complicates the matter.

"I may still have a decision done before our season begins, but this is not definite. I will take my time in making my decision to ensure that I've made the right choice. I'm still in the process of evaluating and am not yet sure when I will have a definitive top 5 at this point," concluded LaLota.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com

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