Marinelli Gets the Call

Sometimes there is no need for us to bring you a recruiting update on a particular prospective student-athlete for as long as a month or two. Other times several stories pop in a week. It so happens that just three days after our initial in-depth profile on 6'7" Chris Marinelli, he contacted us with breaking news. The OL/DL recruit had been anxiously awaiting the phone call from Stanford, and for good reason...

Just a few days ago we introduced you to 6'7" 273-pound Chris Marinelli from Boston College High School in Boston (Mass.). He played tight end for the Eagles at 245 pounds last fall but has seen his body rapidly mature to his current lineman's frame. With still another 15 months before he would report for his freshman year in college, you can extrapolate his growth into a fine offensive tackle or defensive lineman. College coaches are getting excited about the prospects, as well, with an increasing number coming by his school during this evaluation period.

What we wrote earlier this week told you that Marinelli had Stanford as one of his top schools, with Duke handing him recently his first scholarship offer. The Bostonian excitedly reported to The Bootleg late last night that offer number two came through Saturday.

"Today Coach Teevens from Stanford called me at home. I was very pleased when he told me and my parents that they would be offering me a scholarship," Marinelli relayed. "Stanford has always been a favorite of mine for a few reasons. It's on the West Coast, and out there the weather is great - unlike here. Also, Stanford plays in a competitive Pac-10 conference where the football is a lot different than around here. I love the idea of playing in such a league. But most importantly, the academics of Stanford are unlike any other school I've been looking at, with Duke on the same level. The athletics, academics, and atmosphere all seem very appealing to me; I cannot even explain how excited I am."

Marinelli was previously high on the Cardinal, but his enthusiasm is higher now than ever. And more than just a kid who says he is excited about Stanford, he can articulate precisely what it is that drives his passion for the school 3,000 miles away. He also says that he and Teevens talked in some detail about how he could be used by the Cardinal, which got the juices flowing faster still.

"Coach said that he is recruiting me as an athlete because I could fill a void in a number of positions," Marinelli described from the phone conversation. "He said the biggest need, and also my favorite position, was a big down defensive end in a 3-4 [front]. I love that idea because I've started on defense since I was a sophomore, and that's where I feel most comfortable. Coach also mentioned offensive tackle, and maybe even tight end, depending upon what the team needs."

"Right now Stanford is in my top two with Duke; both schools are outstanding and ones that I really love," the two-way line recruit continued. "I'm so glad that it worked out that my two favorites would be the first two schools to offer me. I couldn't have asked for better. Other schools that I like but aren't as high up right now are Arizona State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, BC, Maryland, and UConn. I'm expecting a few more schools to visit me and I'll take it from there. But my parents and I are definitely visiting both Stanford and Duke sometime in the beginning of the summer."

Marinelli additionaly notes that he is likely to camp for one day with the Cardinal in June. With an offer in hand, he does not have much to "prove" to the coaching staff, and his family will already be outlaying a good deal of coin to make the cross-country trip. It was previously thought that he would attend the entire four-day camp on The Farm.

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