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DImperio names top five

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Linebacker Ryan D'Imperio out of Washington Township, N.J. didn't take in any camps or visits to colleges this summer. Despite that, the 6-foot-2, 223-pounder with 4.5-second speed holds two offers and is receiving plenty of interest.
"I still have offers from West Virginia and Rutgers," he said. "I'm seeing a lot of mail too from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Penn State and other schools."
Currently, the three-star prospect has Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and Virginia Tech in his top five.
"I just like the location of those schools," he said. "They are also good academically and have good football programs. They have all been showing a lot of interest in me and the fact that they are relatively close by is important too. I'll probably go on official visits during the season to my top five and most likely those are the schools."
Rutgers certainly is coming on strong for the in-state linebacker.
"I've called them a couple times and they want me to come on a visit bad to their school," he said. "They say I'm an important part of their defense. They also told me that they are trying to keep a lot of kids from going out-of-state and those that transfer back like it better. Personally, I like being in-state and closer to home, so that's a draw."
One school that appears to be on the outside looking in is West Virginia.
"I've got an interest in them like everywhere else, but it's not nearly as much as my top five."
Currently, the No. 17 player in New Jersey is preparing for the season that starts on September 9th.
"I'm looking forward to getting the ring this year and helping my team win," he said. "I just want to stay healthy and get better as a player. The only thing I can think of that I really need to work on is to start lifting more. I don't lift much as it is and I need to do that."
D'Imperio can see that Washington Township is looking pretty good.
"We won our first passing league since 1984," he said. "The team is coming together really well and our quarterback is really good. We've also got a lot of seniors on defense this year."
D'Imperio accounted for 973 yards of offense and 16 total touchdowns. He added 64 tackles, seven for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as he went on to be named first team all-group on both sides of the ball.
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