No Break for Scarpinato

Milwaukee Marquette defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato doesn't know the meaning of the word break. Well, that's not entirely true, but his determined mindset and work ethic have five schools already extending a scholarship offer, including his latest from the Big Ten.

MADISON - Even on spring break, Mark Scarpinato can't stop enhancing his recruiting stock.

With the majority of college and secondary schools in the state of Wisconsin on a week-long spring break, Scarpinato is heading to Florida for some rest and relaxation, but he's doing his best to try and make day trips to the campuses of Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

"I am doing whatever I can," Scarpinato said with a laugh, "even it takes away some time in the sun." Working the recruiting circuit hard has paid off for the 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from defending Division 1 State Champion Milwaukee Marquette, as Scarpinato has netted five scholarship offers, the latest and biggest coming from Big Ten school Indiana.

"I had been emailing (Offensive Coordinator Matt) Canada and they really wanted me to come down to check out Indiana for a spring practice," Scarpinato told Badger Nation. "I got off of school last Friday, which was nice, and arrived down there around 11 a.m., checked out the campus, met with academic advisers and got a facilities tour. They have a really nice weight room and the field looks nice, too."

After the initial tour was compete, Scarpinato met with Canada and Head Coach Bill Lynch and went into a meeting with co-defensive coordinator and defensive tackles coach Brian George to watch film.

"I like how he knows the game and knows what he is talking about," Scarpinato said.

It was at the actual spring practice where Lynch came over and offered a full scholarship.

"I think this offer helps me, and helps me get closer to my goal of wanting to play in a conference like the Big Ten," Scarpinato said. "I have to keep all my options open. At Wisconsin's Junior Day, Scott Tolzien talked about how his older brother played at a Division I-AA school in the northeast and enjoyed it just as much as he was enjoying his experience.

"That really helps me to keep my options open, find the best academic, facility, team and feeling overall. I really like (Indiana's) Kelley School of Business, but I need to do research on all the schools. Academics are the most important thing because there is life after football that I need to be prepared for. It's going to be a gut feeling."

Scarpinato has no favorites from his five offers, which also include Illinois State, North Dakota State, Western Michigan and Wofford. When Scarpinato returns from Florida, the senior-to-be is heading to Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin's spring game on April 17 with UW recruit and former teammate Marcus Trotter and possibly Minnesota's spring game on April 24.

"I've definitely trued to keep in touch with Coach (Charlie) Partridge, but there hasn't been a lot of talk because they basically told me what I need to do," Scarpinato said. "I have to go to camp to earn my scholarship, and that's what I am going to do."

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