Cervino close to a decision?

It's been a whirlwind four weeks for DePaul Catholic (N.J.) athlete Chaz Cervino. First, Cervino, who'd committed to Division I-AA New Hampshire, got word that Colorado was set to offer a scholarship. Then Syracuse came calling, and the Orange, too, said they had a spot waiting for him. Now, after spending back-to-back weekends at the two campuses, is Cervino closing in on a decision?

"I'm going to be decidng between Syracuse and Colorado in the next day or two," Cervino, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete who was a prolific high-school quarterback, said Tuesday evening. "I just called New Hampshire five minutes ago and told them I'm not going to be going there."

Cervino enjoyed his visit this past weekend to Colorado, which has been recruiting him for a while. But he also loved his trip a week ago to Syracuse, which came out of nowhere with an offer after seeing his senior highlight film.

"It's going to be a really tough decision. They're both really close," he said.

Cervino said both coaching staffs are looking at him as a wide receiver and possible return man, and both have said there is a possibility he could play immediately, at least on special teams.

His deciding factors?

"Definitely playing time and where I can fit in," he said. "And the distance from home to there, that's a big thing too."

The sudden interest from major-conference Division I programs has been quite a pleasant surprise, said Cervino, who picked New Hampshire in part because he would have had a shot to play quarterback there, and in part because the D-I offers weren't coming in.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I was going to [stick with New Hampshire] but the other schools have been too much."

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