Four star offensive tackle / defensive tackle Carlos Feliciano from Elizabeth (N.J.) is narrowing his college choices and has begun to set dates for official visits. Eight schools are still in the mix for the Rivals.com No. 11 rated offensive tackle, and four of those have set dates. Who will get his last trip?
At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, Carlos runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds and knows exactly what he wants in a college. He wants to take all five visits to see if his top schools meet these criteria.
“I am looking for good football program that goes to a bowl every year,” he began. “I also want to fit in socially. I want a place that is not in the country but not in the ghetto either.
“I am also looking at playing time. I mean not necessarily starting as a freshman or redshirt freshman, but at least getting to play.
“Finally, I want a place where my family can see me, either in person or on TV. That means a lot. I guess I just want to see what each program has to offer when I take my visit.”
So far on his schedule, Carlos plans to travel to Ohio State on Dec. 5, Virginia on Dec. 12, Maryland on Dec. 19, and Iowa on Jan. 23. There may me problems with the Iowa trip, however, since the Hawkeye students don’t return from Christmas break until late in January, so they are trying to get him to swap out one of his December dates. His fifth trip will be between Michigan State, BC, Pitt and Wisconsin.
He took an unofficial visit last week to see two of his top teams – Maryland and Virginia – play. He really liked what he saw from both teams.
“It was a great game,” he said. “Both teams played hard. I went down on the sidelines and it is a different perspective. I mean there are at least 50,000 people there, and we only have 1,000 at our games. It is a lot different than high school.
Feliciano is already an academic qualifier with a 2.75 GPA and an 890 on the SAT, but he is planning to retake the exam in January. He plans to major in either graphic arts or sports management to become a sports agent.