Wrestling with a difficult decision

Rutgers and Ohio State has offered the class of 2011 running back/linebacker, but a wrinkle in the recruitment is the player's wrestling ability. He said it is too early for him to choice between the two sports, and several schools are talking to him about doing both. What is Rutgers telling him about the sports?

Wrestling or football?

That is the question facing Bound Brook (N.J.) junior Andrew Campolattano heading into his final summer before college, and he has no idea about the answer.

"Both are my love,'' he said.

One thing he knows is Rutgers will factor prominently in his recruitment, especially since the class of 2011 linebacker/running back already holds an offer from the Scarlet Knights. The only other school to offer him is Ohio State, but that should change dramatically for the 6-foor-3, 220-pounder.

Campolattano said he is also getting letters from Miami, Duke, Syracuse, Stanford and North Carolina State with regularity.

"We'll see with the summer coming up,'' Campolattano said. "I plan on going to a lot of camps. It kind of gives a lot of coaches a better look at what I am able to do athletically and physically.''

Campolattano said Ohio State is talking about letting him play football and wrestle. The plan put forth by Rutgers is to allow Campolattano to wrestle during his red-shirt season, but play football the remaining four years.

If he attempts to play both sports, it would call for him to miss the first month, or more, of the wrestling season. However, he would still have a few months to wrestle after football season since the NCAA championships take place in March.

"College wrestling is really long season so I could catch up,'' he said. "I am fully capable of doing (both). If I can't make a decision, that's what I'll do.''

Members of Rutgers' coaching staff have been by Bound Brook High to see Campolattano, as has Syracuse, Penn State and a few others.

He also has a trip planned to Stanford to check out the wrestling program, and is also being recruited by the Cardinal football program.

"I've always been a Southern Cal fan,'' Campolattano said. "USC hasn't contacted me, but if they do, I'm definitely going to take a visit.''

There is the issue of which position (linebacker or running back) he will play in college, but he is leaning toward defense.

He averaged nearly five years a carry and made approximately 60 tackles for the Crusaders, who finished 4-6. He said he was clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is also the state champ in wrestling at 189 pounds.

"I figure I could get my speed down a little bit,'' Campolattano said. "If I can't get my 40 time lower than that, I will play linebacker. It's always fun to score touchdowns, but I like hitting people.''

As for the summer camp circuit, Campolattano has a few in mind.

"I'll definitely be attending Rutgers' camp, and probably go to a Penn State camp,'' he said. "I'll probably go to as many as I can get invited to, but the ones in Ohio and further could be expensive to travel to.''

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