The last time we reported to you on 6'7" OL/DL Chris Marinelli from Boston College High School, he had added an offer from Stanford and held them in his top two with Duke. Not surprisingly, those were also the two schools which had given him scholarship offers. Since then, a third school who previously had ran back in the pack has jumped into the leaders group.
A few weeks ago Marinelli camped at Boston College, which had a good deal of talent, but the Eagles staff handed out just a pair of new offers at its conclusion. The 273-pound athlete was a proud recipient of the offer, even though he played at the unfamiliar position of offensive tackle.
"I felt I ran really well at the camp in the drills and the agility tests, and I love working when coaches are watching," the jumbo athlete reports. "The one-on-one's were a little tougher; BC wants me as an O-tackle, and I've never played there before. So going one on-one-in pass pro against some of the best rush ends like Texas' Sean Carney and Don Bosco's Mike Gee, was a very tough challenge. But I think I held my own and was good enough for them to offer me. BC has a gift for turning offensive lineman into NFL players, and three such players came from my high school."
While this offer, experience and proven pipeline from BC High to its university counterpart would seemingly make the Eagles the prohibitive favorite, it was another campus experience in June that has him leaning toward a different school.
"Right now Duke is my number one school, with the others closely trailing," Marinelli declares. The visit he took to Durham a week before he camped at BC has left a strong mark on him. "To say I was impressed would be an understatement. The facilities, the coaches, and just the aura of the campus in general all made me feel right at home. Coach Azzinaro and Coach Roof play the style of ball that was instilled in me by my father and my present-day coaches: just straight up beating the crap out of people. I like being tougher than my opponent; that doesn't necessarily mean better, but if you've beaten your opponent physically and mentally, they will have doubts when they come around the next time. Duke wanted me to commit but I told them I wanted to finish out my visits and camps before I decided."
Give the present edge to the Blue Devils, but don't yet count out the Cardinal. Marinelli has yet to see the The Farm, and understandably a school 3,000 miles from home would lag after such positive experiences on the campuses of two offer schools. The Bostonian says that he will visit Stanford with his father sometime before July 13. In addition, the recruit is heading to the Manning Passing Academy in New Orleans (La.) this weekend. There he will work with Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens.
Those two events will give the Card a crack at catching up to the Devils in this race, and we will make sure to report to you his evolving impressions and leader board in the coming weeks. Marinelli is looking at an early decision that could come soon after he checks out Stanford. He has offers from all three of his favorites, and will have given a good look at each of the three schools.
"Once I get out to Stanford, see the campus and talk in depth with the coaches, I think they will climb the ladder a bit," the recruit forecasts. "But both BC and Stanford are definitely behind Duke, and I really need to get to see everywhere and take everything into consideration. Once I feel I'm done with that I will make my decision."
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