Rising Junior Thinks Highly of Vanderbilt

Offensive lineman Matthew Crisafi is only a rising junior, but he's already receiving attention from college coaches.

The 6-4, 296-pound prospect from Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga. recently visited Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, and should be taking other trips this summer.

"I had a good time at Wake and Tech," said Crisafi. "I met with their recruiting coordinators and I think they're really interested. It's looking good in that regard. This weekend I'm looking forward to going to Vanderbilt. That's one school I've been excited to see, mainly because of their academics and the SEC competition. The ACC is a good conference too, but I would love playing in the SEC."

Crisafi has also heard from schools like Auburn, Alabama and Georgia. He believes his best football is ahead of him.

"I started playing football in the seventh grade. I used to play baseball, but when I started playing football I feel in love with it. Now that's all I want to do for the rest of my life," he laughed.

"I'm not sure if schools will want me as a guard or a tackle. I think I could play either position, or even center. We return everyone on our line but the center this year, so I might be moving there. I think I could help out anywhere."

Crisafi said his best asset is his footwork. While he might not have the fastest 40-time or the top bench press, his intangibles make him a great prospect in the Class of 2009.

"I'm going to be camping at Georgia and Vanderbilt this summer, and I might try to set up camps to schools like Auburn, Notre Dame and Clemson. I would like to stay close to home, but if a school like Notre Dame or Ohio State offered, location wouldn't be a huge factor."

Coach Cain is recruiting Crisafi for Vanderbilt, and he said the two have a good relationship. Last year Blessed Trinity was 5-5, and Crisafi believes they will improve on that mark next year.

"Last year was sort of a disappointment for me, because we didn't do as well as I think we could have. I think I played pretty well, but you can always improve. I'm just going to take my time and see who is interested, in terms of recruiting. If my dream school offers I might commit, but I'll probably wait a while. Vanderbilt is definitely up near the top of my list, because of the competition and the academics."

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