Campolattano to Visit RU, sets Timetable

Bound Brook (N.J.) High two-sport standout Andrew Campolattano said he will decide between wrestling and football, and also plans on committing to a school in the near future. He talks about what will go into his decision on whether to focus on football or wrestling in college.

By the end of the summer Bound Brook (N.J.) High two-sport Andrew Campolattano believes he will commit to a school, which means he will also have decided whether his future will be football or wrestling.

Sure, some schools talk to him about competing in both sports, but being able to excel in both would be taxing on his body, and he's not sure that is something he wants to do.

If football is Campolattano, Rutgers is in good position. The Scarlet Knights are the only school to offer the linebacker in football, partly because of the uncertainty about his future.

But it hasn't kept other schools from recruiting him hard. Penn State has been to the school a few times to check in, and West Virginia, Boston College and Oregon are all showing Campolattano a lot of interest.

"I'm really into Rutgers a lot,'' he said. "They show the most interest, and they're really good at recruiting. I'm really getting a chance to know the coaches more on a personal level, and that makes the whole situation better.''

Campolattano will make at least one unofficial visit to Rutgers this spring to watch practice, and it could come as early as today, which is when the Scarlet Knights hold their first of 15 sessions.

"I'm going to go there sometime this week,'' Campolattano said. "I talked to my coaches and said I wanted to go on the first day, so I might be going Tuesday, but I'm not sure.

"A lot of schools are really looking at me, but the only real offer I have is from Rutgers.''

Whether Campolattano, arguably the best wrestler in New Jersey and the state champ at 189 pounds, plays football or wrestles full-time in college may depend on his ability to gain weight this offseason.

With wrestling over, he is back to working out for football in the fall. He said his goal is to play between 230 to 240 pounds. If he can get there, he will consider playing football in college.

"I think it's really going to depend on how big I can get this offseason,'' said Campolattano, who weighs 210 pounds. "I've been lifting a lot. I'm going to keep working out and see how big I can get. If I'm at a good size to play at the next level of football, and I can compete at the next level, then why not play?

"If I'm undersized and there's a good possibility I might get hurt, I don't know. I might wrestle.''

While a plethora of schools are looking at Campolattano as a wrestler, he will not know the true magnitude until July 1, which is when colleges can begin extending scholarship offers.

The thinking is he will receive a bundle, but he is not banking on it.

"I think so, but we'll see how it goes,'' he said. "I'll be sure what sport I want to play in college, and what college I want to go to, but the end of (the summer). When September starts, I will already be committed to a school, I think.''


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