However, for the moment, he is listing Ohio State, Tennessee and Rutgers high on his list.
“I think I would say those are my three favorite schools right now but I really like UCLA,” he said. “I really like those other schools. There’s not really top schools, but their schools that have a lot of interest in me and I think they are good fits for myself in football and educational wise.”
The trip to Rutgers was at least the third for Guarantano in the last three months, and each time heads there he looks for something different.
On Saturday, it was a chance to bond with a number of recruits in the 2016 class as the Scarlet Knights hosted approximately 50 players.
“Today was a great day,” Guarantano said. “I had a chance to talk to some players at Rutgers, and even some high school players. It was really a great day for me just being around the coaches, the players.”
What stood out to Guarantano was the ability to speak with fellow members of the class, as well as current Rutgers players.
“I know a lot of stuff about the environment, the education and stuff like that, so it wasn’t really about an informational day,” Guarantano said. “It was just being able to hang out, relax and to get to know what players’ backgrounds are, really get to know what they’re thinking.”
There is no question Guarantano knows the most about Rutgers. His dad, Jim, played there and he has made more than a dozen unofficial visits in the last 18 months.
However, the next month or so will be used to get to know other programs better, and it will begin with a March 21 trip to Tennessee.
“I’m going to spend two or three days there,” Guarantano said. “I’m going to get to talk to the new offensive coordinator, coach (Mike) DeBord, and go over some offensive concepts and stuff.”
Late in March, Guarantano is eyeing a return visit to Ohio State.
“I’m going to meet with (quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator) coach (Tim) Beck and coach Urban (Urban again and see what I think about there. When I went there before, I really loved it. It was really a place I enjoyed so we’ll see about a second evaluation with that.”
A newcomer to Guarantano’s recruitment is Florida.
“I’ve been in contact with Florida a lot,” Guarantano said. “I really like them. I’ve been in contact with (quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator) coach (Doug) Nussmeier. I think it’s a great program and one with a lot of history, and one that really attracted me since I was a little kid. I’m pretty excited about them recruiting me.”
Notre Dame offered recently and a trip to the Midwest is also in the works.
“Notre Dame made it known that whenever it is possible for me to get there, they want me to come there and visit,” he said. “There is not really a set date, but probably ever day they’re asking me about it. We’ll see. I will probably go visit there soon.”
Finally, a trip to the West Coast in late May or June could happen as well.
“Stanford has really been a school that has been non-stop,” Guarantano said. “They said they can’t offer until I come out and throw, and that’s what they do with all their quarterbacks so they want me to come out. I think that is a school you look for in a college with the education and football, where they run a pro-style system. That’s definitely visit I want to take in the summer. I’ll go to Stanford and then probably go to UCLA.”
And UCLA is a hot name in North Jersey after the Bruins landed five-star tight end Chris Clark in the 2015 class. Clark, who plays at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, lives in North Jersey and is plugged in on the recruiting scene.
“(Offensive coordinator) Coach (Noel) Mazzone and the quarterbacks coach (Taylor Mazzone), both came to see my school to see me at workouts,” Guarantano said. “I really like them and I have a great relationship with them.”