Vallone Recruitment Hits Home Stretch

The recruitment of Melville (N.Y.) defensive lineman Scott Vallone is hitting the home stretch, so caught up with Vallone to get an update on where SU stands with him and what the decision will come down to.

"I'm down to six schools – Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Boston College and Connecticut," said Vallone, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive tackle rated by as a three-star prospect. "I'm probably going to take one last visit to Boston College and then make a decision in early to mid-June."

So where does the Cuse stand on his pecking order?

"I've been really familiar with Syracuse since my sophomore year. Coach Robinson coached defensive line in the NFL, so he knows what he's doing," Vallone said. "They have a great coaching staff. I've been out there, probably, three times.

"I don't have a favorite right now," said Vallone, who last year recorded 98 tackles, 52 solo, six sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

It's tough to predict where Vallone, the reigning NYCHSFL lineman of the year, first team All-CHSFL, second team All-State Class AA and was a first team All-Long Island selection by Newsday, will end up. He doesn't seem to have a strong feeling about that yet, though he isn't concerned about such uncertainty.

"It's going to be a difficult decision but I can't go wrong, which is a great thing," he said, adding that prestige and recent win-loss results won't play heavily in his decision.

"You want to win, but it's the past, present and future. You have to look at the future and see what kind of vision they have," he said.

Vallone is looking closely at academics, but is confident he'll do just fine at any of the six schools. He had a visit with the academic advisors at SU, where he says he was told, "You'd have to try to fail out, with all the mandatory study halls and tutoring you get. He said that goes for any school," Vallone said.

So, then, what is his No. 1 priority in choosing a school?

"My relationship with the coaches,' he said, "because I'm going to be with them for the next four years." will keep you posted as Vallone's recruitment begins to wind down…

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