Schools from both the ACC and Big East are already taking a look at Long Island (N.Y.) St. Anthony's defensive tackle Scott Vallone. Who exactly has been in touch with the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder?
"I've been getting information from Syracuse, Maryland and Rutgers mostly so far," he said. "I wouldn't say I have any favorites at all. I'm wide open because it's early."
Vallone doesn't have any favorites, but he does have an idea of what he wants out of a college.
"I'm looking for the triple A, atmosphere, athletics and academics," he said. "As far as atmosphere, I'm not completely sure. I do know I don't want it to be too country. I also want to be comfortable where I'm at. Academically, I want to be a coach after college so something in that area. Finally, location doesn't really matter to me as long as I get a good education."
The junior lineman led St. Anthony's to an 11-0 season and state title.
"I did well on the year finishing with 98 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries," he said. "I think all the work in the offseason really paid off. My knowledge of the defense was much better as was my technique."
Vallone ended up earning all-league, all-Long Island and league lineman of the year honors.
This spring the 2008 prospect plans to participate in the Nike Camp at Penn State and possibly the Elite College Combine.