RU, BC offers on way to Jersey Shore LB

The class of 2011 linebacker from the Jersey Shore was told earliert this month not to worry because an offer from Rutgers was on the way, and now he knows when he will be receiving it. Also, Boston College stopped by his school and said it was going to offer him. Find out what is next for this rising junior, and what schools are showing him the most interest. Also, find out where he may camp.

It was a busy day at Holy Spirit High of Absecon, N.J., where Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and Boston College receivers coach Ryan Day were in town to get the message to rising linebacker Anthony Sarao that scholarship offers were on the way.

NCAA rules prohibit contact between coaches and juniors at the school this time of year, but the messages were relayed to Sarao through Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman.

While neither school delivered a written offer, the one from the Scarlet Knights should be there by the end of the week.

"(Schiano) was just trying to get the point over to my coach that he's the type of kid that he really wants in his program,'' the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Sarao said. "They told my coach I was going to get it by the end of the week.

"Coach Day from Boston College (told the coach) an offer would be coming.''

The Rutgers offers isn't a surprise. After attending Junior Day earlier this month at Rutgers, he said the staff told him not to stress because one would be coming.

However, the news Boston College was readying to offer excited Sarao. The Eagles began recruiting Sarao last summer.

"I have a lot more interest in Boston College now,'' he said. "They were the first team to really recruit me hard, and now that they are going to offer me, it really shows me a lot. I'm getting more interest in them, and Rutgers, if they keep showing me stuff, they'll come along.''

While it was pinpointed the Rutgers offer would be coming Sarao's way by the end of the week, the timing of the Boston College offer is not as clear, other than knowing it will be coming.

"They said they love everything and want me in their program,'' Sarao said. "They just have to go back to the office and finish all the stuff they've got with the rest of their linebackers, and the offer will come.

"They have their official Junior Day this Saturday, but I'm going to Georgia. So, they said next Saturday, Feb. 6, they can get me up there for my own day and hang out with them and then go to the Duke basketball game.''

Sarao also has offers from Maryland and Stanford, but his recruitment is starting to sizzle after his performance at the U.S. Army National Combine. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and set a combine record with a 3.86 shuttle performance.

"Now, it's more the real big schools,'' Sarao said. "Today, I get letters from Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama. I get those letters on a regular basis now. It's more of the big, big schools.''

Sarao is still making his list of camps he will be attending down the road, but a few are already penciled in.

"I'm definitely going to Stanford,'' he said. "I'm going to head to Boston College and Michigan right now.''

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