Time to Walk the Walk

Massena, N.Y., athlete Anto Almasian is still hearing from Syracuse, but he'll need to go out as a senior and prove to the coaching staff that he's worth offering after a very solid camp performance this summer.

Anto Almasian, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Massena High School is still being recruited by Syracuse, but he'll have to do some great things on the field this fall to garner a scholarship offer.

"When I was at the prospect camp this summer I started out playing outside linebacker and then Coach (Dan) Conley put me at defensive end where I was doing really well," Almasian stated. "I stayed on defense the entire day and thought I did really, really well for the camp."

"I spoke to them afterward and things are on the up and up, but what they said was that I wasn't an outside linebacker in their defense," Almasian explained. "They told me I was more of a middle linebacker or defensive end in their defense, so they really want to see my senior film to see how I look at defensive end, just not outside linebacker which is what I think the original thought process was."

"So, right now there's still mutual interest, so it's just in my hands as to how I play my senior season really. We're off to a 1-1 start and in the first game I had nine tackles, three tackles for loss and three hurries on defense. On offense, I had 12 pancake blocks, a touchdown catch and a two-point conversion catch. Our starters didn't play in the second game as it was out of league."

As a junior, Almasian registered 31 solo tackles, three sacks, forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery. On offense, he had 13 catches for 183 yards. He was named first-team All-Conference and second-team All-State for Class A.

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