Big Player, Big Interest

One of the biggest linemen to camp at West Virginia in recent years had a great experience at WVU, and has the Mountaineers firmly on his list of interest.

Nick Cattolico of Delran (N.J.) High School, participated in West Virginia's rising senior camp at the end of June, and liked what he saw on his second visit to the Big East school.

"The camp was great," said Cattolico, who also attended one of West Virginia's junior days in February. "There were some really good players there. I thought I did pretty well, and the coaches thought I did well too."

The massive offensive lineman, who checks in at six feet, three inches and 338 pounds, was able to get benefits of several different sorts out of the camp experience.

"Of course, you go to camps because they are a good chance to get exposure," he admitted, "but you can also learn things at camp that can help you. I was able to learn some things and work on my technique there."

Cattolico also had the opportunity to learn more about West Virginia, as this visit offered tours of the facilities and campus. Along with approximately 80 other players, the gathering was perhaps the best one-day collection of talent at WVU in memory. Cattolico, who has an offer from West Virginia, was certainly one of the outstanding players in the group.

In addition to West Virginia, East Carolina and Northeastern have offered scholarships to the big lineman, while Rutgers, Miami and Notre Dame are also on his interest list. He has visited Rutgers so far this year, but has not made any other trips to his schools of interest. He has not set a timetable for his decision.

"I am taking my time to see what happens in recruiting," he said. "When I make visits, I want to learn all I can about the school. I am looking for a good football program."

West Virginia certainly qualifies in that regard, and Cattolico, who made this trip to West Virginia with his parents, is returning the interest. After receiving plenty of instruction from Mountaineer offensive line coach Dave Johnson, the big rising senior planted himself firmly on WVU's interest list.

Cattolico was familiar with West Virginia before he was recruited by the Mountaineers, who have long been active in his area of New Jersey. Players such as Avon Cobourne and Kevin Landolt hail from the area where Cattolico's Delran High School team and Holy Cross dominate the football scene. Cattolico believes that his school is poised for a good run this fall.

"We are a small town, and we only have about 800 people in our school, but our team is going to be good," he predicted. "We have a good chance to make it to the state playoffs, and that would be really good for us."

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