Mauro names top two

Linebacker Vinnie Mauro of St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Florida visited Vanderbilt with his family over the past weekend. Look inside to find out how his visit went along with what schools he is currently favoring.

Vinnie Mauro is one of the top linebacker prospects in Florida and has an impressive list of offers which indicates his attractiveness to college football recruiters. Vanderbilt, Navy, Wisconsin, Florida International, Rutgers, and Marshall all have already tendered offers to the Sunshine State star.

As a junior Mauro had 54 total tackles, including 8.5 for loss, during the 10-game regular season. Geoffrey Vogt, a Scout.com recruiting analyst for the state of Florida, gave this description of Mauro, "he's a stud MLB who is a football player. Not a tremendous athlete but fills the hole and will hit you. He was the best linebacker on St. Thomas's team as a junior (Conor O'Neill went to Wisconsin). He has good size and is smart and heady. He will be ready to contribute early."

Mauro was originally scheduled to attend the Commodore staff's Senior Elite III camp over the past weekend. However, he opted to bypass the camp and instead just visited Vanderbilt. It went well for Mauro and Vanderbilt. "Vanderbilt is just such a great place. Coach Belin is honestly one of the best coaches I've met and he's a great person. It would be really a good experience to be around him for four years.... he's an awesome guy," said Mauro.

Mauro, who is a great student who plans to major in engineering, was impressed with the fact that the VU coaches stress academics, "Coach Johnson, coach Belin and coach Kitchens really push education. I got a chance to speak with a professor and he told me about their engineering program. If I were to go there it would be tough but I'd really want to do that."

The hard-hitting linebacker also was impressed with Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson, "I spoke to coach Johnson for a while. He sat down with my parents and I. We talked a lot. He's a great guy, a really classy guy."

Mauro, who previously said that Navy was in the lead, now says it's a dead heat between Navy and Vanderbilt. He says that while Vanderbilt has a great academic program, "Navy, obviously they are a science and math school." He also spoke highly of both Nashville and Annapolis and said that both schools have outstanding coaching staffs. However, he said that in the end it won't be football that determines where he goes, "My choice is not going to be based on football at all. I think I'm going to play wherever I go. It's more than just football." Mauro has aspirations about being a pilot and is interested in a military career in addition to studying engineering. "If I definitely want to pursue a military career then Navy will be it. If I want to do the whole college life thing then Vanderbilt will be it," said Mauro.

One other school is in the running for Mauro's services, "I'm probably going to take an official to Wisconsin. I definitely want to check them out before I make a decision." As mentioned earlier Mauro has a former teammate that now plays there.

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