2014 defensive end Joe Vitiello of Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata has lined up opposite four-star Tashawn Bower for a couple of seasons and now is ready to make a name for himself. Vitiello has also taken a recent visit and plans to take several more.
"Recruiting is going very well," said Vitiello, who is 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds. "I'm in close contact with coaches across the country, and when I send my highlight tape I will hope for the best."
Rutgers, Maryland, Penn State and Boston College are currently showing Vitiello the most interest. Last weekend he took a visit to check out Rutgers.
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"It was very impressive," he said. "I like it a lot at Rutgers, as well as the coaching staff. The program is outstanding. I felt that the coaching staff and players had the prefect click. It really would be somewhere I would want to go."
During the summer Vitiello attended two camps at Rutgers and also one at Florida State. This fall he plans to continue his busy schedule.
"I am planning on going to a few Maryland events and a lot of Rutgers events," he said. "Tashawn Bower is a good friend of mine and he is also helping me to meet coaches from different schools."
Vitiello has been grateful to Bower and his advice.
"He is a great mentor," said Vitiello. "He makes me work hard in practice and the field. He introduced me to the Rutgers coaching staff last spring and ever since then they have shown great interest in me and are in contact all the time."
An injury slowed Vitiello in the beginning of this season, but now he is back to his regular form.
"I was injured during the first three weeks with a forearm fracture," he said. "But week four and five I did pretty well with two sacks, nine tackles and four receptions. Two weeks ago it was almost 80% and compared to now, it feels 100%. I feel great going into Friday."