Vallone Visits Storrs

Three-star defensive tackle Scott Vallone already holds 13 scholarship offers, but took a visit to Connecticut recently to see what the Huskies brought to the table as he draws ever closer to making his college decision.

Rutgers, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, North Carolina State, West Virginia, Connecticut and Wisconsin have already offered scholarships to Melville, N.Y., product Scott Vallone and it becomes obvious why when you throw on the tape. A talented pass rusher with a non-stop motor, this 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive tackle would be a big get for the Connecticut staff.

"The drive up to Storrs only took two and a half hours and we were greeting by the recruiting assistant Carl Kotz when we got there," Vallone said. "The first thing he did was take me over to the business school so I could talk to the academic advisor about getting into the business school at Connecticut. They explained how everything works in detail and answered all of the questions I had about that process."

"We were also able to tour the campus and check out the facilities and both were very impressive," Vallone added. "First of all, the facilities there are insane. They've got an indoor field that is beautiful, a dining hall, a big training room and their weight room was enormous and full of patented equipment that other schools don't have."

"I was able to meet up with my recruiter at that point, Coach Hank Hughes and we talked for a while about his philosophy in coaching and what they were trying to accomplish at Connecticut as a collective unit. We also saw the stadium which was brand new and the rest of the campus which was very nice, but very secluded. The living quarters were all nice and I felt comfortable on campus at Connecticut. Overall I really enjoyed my trip there and again, the facilities are one of a kind up there. It was a nice visit."

Vallone will be making his decision over the next few weeks where he will spend the next four years of his life. As a junior, Vallone recorded 98 tackles, 52 solo, six sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. He was named 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.

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