John-Kevin Dolce out of Long Island (N.Y.) Saint Anthony's has been a rising star on the recruiting boards of many schools since standout performances at the NIKE Camp in State College, Pa. and the Elite College Combine in New Jersey. Who has offered and what schools does he like?
"The Elite College Combine was amazing because I got some exposure from a lot of colleges and I got to show the best I can do, it was a great experience to go to," he said. "I think I did really well. I didn't think I tested as well as I ran a 4.84-second 40-yard dash and a 4.47-second shuttle. I was pretty satisfied, but I could have done better.
"I feel I did pretty well in the one-on-ones and foot drills though. I did well there by using my strength and speed and I showed up pretty well that day. I got six reps and I feel I won five of them and tied one. I went up against the offensive line MVP Flanagan twice and I feel I beat him once and the other time I tied. I feel I proved myself though."
What did Dolce feel he showed scouts about his skills at the combine?
"I think I showed them that I have heart and my motor doesn't stop," he said. "I think I showed that I'm a versatile player and I can bring speed and strength to the table."
As far as what he learned, the experience certainly gave Dolce more confidence.
"I think I learned that I can go up against all these guys being recruited and beat a lot of them," he said. "I'm proud of myself for that."
Dolce now has offers from Virginia, Michigan State and Minnesota and is close to offers from many others. When pressed on it, he still doesn't have any favorites, but the evaluation period has been quite busy for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder. Schools including Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt and Syracuse have come by.
Dolce is now working in preparation for next year.
"There's always room to get better," he said. "I just want to be even more versatile and get better all around. I also want to have more football knowledge."
This summer Dolce is looking to attend camps at Maryland and Syracuse.
Dolce recorded 57 tackles, 10 for loss, four sacks and three deflected passes as a junior.