Washington Township, N.J. linebacker Ryan D'Imperio hasn't decided on official visits yet, but the 6-foot-2, 223-pounder with 4.5-second speed is looking at taking an unofficial in the next couple weeks. Where is the No. 17 player in New Jersey looking at going?
"I haven't had any time for an official, but I'm looking at taking in the Pittsburgh-Rutgers game in a couple weeks," he said. "I just want to go there and check out the facilities and meet some of the players and talk to the coaches a little bit."
D'Imperio still has Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia leading for official visits.
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"I like that they are all good academic schools and good in football. They are all teams on the rise and getting better and that's what I'm looking for," he said. "I know UVA just signed their fourth linebacker this year. They were my No. 1 early on, but now I might take my fifth official to West Virginia instead. They aren't as good academically, but they do run the same defense as we do at my high school and they have a good team."
The three-star prospect has received interest and phone calls from a handful of schools recently.
"Rutgers continues to show a lot of interest as does Minnesota. I also get calls from Penn State, Maryland and Ohio State," he said. "They all ask how I'm doing and want me to come up and see a game. They are all checking up with me, I like that. I think Minnesota and Maryland could be closer to offering. I don't like that Minnesota is so far, but they have a good team and I could see them as another school that gets a visit instead of UVA."
This season the No. 31 linebacker in the country has helped Washington Township to a 2-0 start.
"We're looking good this year and everyone is stepping up. All of our players are healthy and we're keeping it together," he said. "I've been doing well. I do my job, but a lot of teams are changing their game plans and run away from me. I've got two sacks so far this season, but if they ran towards me I know I'd have more tackles and be in on more plays."