SU to Vallone: "We're tired of rebuilding."

Melville, N.Y., defensive lineman Scott Vallone was ecstatic when he received on offer from Rutgers in early February, thinking it would be one of a handful he'd eventually be able to sort from. But he was wrong – for the better.

Vallone, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end, has recently received four new offers, from West Virginia, N.C. State, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. Those are in addition to the ones he already held from Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Boston College and Rutgers.

"Once I got that Rutgers offer," he said, "it just kind of steamrolled."

Vallone took a trip to B.C. this weekend for junior day and enjoyed watching practice and touring the facilities He's also visited several of his other potential college homes and says he is wide open.

On Syracuse: "Syracuse was good. I have been hearing from them since my sophomore year. They said they'd be in touch with me in the fall, and they were," said Vallone, who is being recruited by SU secondary coach Jim Salgado. "They said they're tired of losing. They want to go to a bowl game this year and they're done with rebuilding."

Vallone is looking to get away from home for college, but not too far away. Syracuse if five hours away from his home.

"I'd like to be far away that I can grow up, but close enough that my family can see me play," he said. "I've always had a thing for [Syracuse] because of their basketball team. I started following them the year before they won the title with Carmelo Anthony. I'm a big basketball fan."

Last season, as a junior at St. Anthony's, Vallone recorded 66 tackles, eight for loss, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception, helping his team to an 11-0 record. He has good grades and is interested in math and sports, but does not know what major he'd like to enroll in. He can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defense and is being recruited by several programs that run one or the other.

"The more things you can do, the more valuable you are," he said.

He's not quite sure what his summer visit schedule will be, but said he plans to return to SU for another look-see. He's also not sure when he'll pick a school.

"In an ideal world, I'd like to [commit] before my senior season," he said. "But I don't want to rush and make a premature decision."

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