Scarpinato Lands Second Big Ten Offer

Checking his voicemails after his first day at Wisconsin's high school camp, Milwaukee Marquette defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato got a message that eventually led to arguably his biggest offer yet.

MADISON - In his final two camps of the season, Mark Scarpinato was looking to show he belonged among the big boys in the Big Ten.

With one phone call Monday afternoon, Scarpinato got his wish and doubled his Big Ten offers.

After an impressive display at Saturday's Michigan State camp, Scarpinato (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) picked up his 10th offer from the Spartans.

"I wanted to let you know that Michigan State offered me this afternoon," Scarpinato told Badger Nation after his first day of camping at Wisconsin. "My coach sent me a couple voicemails, telling me it would be beneficial to call Coach Salem. I called him and he was very excited to offer me a scholarship. He said he'll get Coach Dantonio on the phone later tonight or when I visit, because I might be taking a visit there this week with my mom."

Scarpinato, an Associated Press second-team all-state honoree, now holds offers from Akron, Army, Central Michigan, Florida International, Illinois State, Indiana, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Western Michigan and Wofford.

"I am still staying I am totally open," Scarpinato said. "They are a great program and I like them, but I am still totally open. I am going to take a couple of visits to find out where I want to play college football."

Scarpinato was among a talented gathering of in-state and out-of-state prospects at Wisconsin's first summer high school camp, a list that included participants quarterback Jake Rudock (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), wide receivers Jesstin Hamm (Hyattsville, MD), defensive end Jesse Hayes (Cincinnati, Ohio) and all four UW verbal commits (Sam Arneson, Jake Keefer, Austin Maly and Eric Steffes).

Trimming down to 260 pounds because of the track season, Scarpinato worked primarily at defensive tackle, but still delivered a punch.

"I think it helps being a little slimmer in the summer because it gives you some speed," Scarpinato said. "I am going to try to put another 10 pounds on to get to 270 pounds. I am a little skinner than last year, but I am still fat, which is good."

One of the players that impressed Scarpinato was Hayes and his father, Bengals assistant coach Jay Hayes. Jay Hayes also coached with Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin from 1995-98, where he was outside linebackers and special teams coach.

"Hayes seemed like he liked (the camp) a lot," Scarpinato said, noting he was popular among the coaching staff. "We both love pass rush, and I think I did well with that."

Scarpinato isn't sure what the offer from Michigan State will bring from the Wisconsin coaching staff tomorrow, but he is sure that the coaching staff will hear about it from one of his former Milwaukee Marquette teammates.

"Michael Trotter is on the same building and he said he was going to text the coaches," Scarpinato said. "I am not trying to use it to my advantage, but now it is out there."


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