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Jersey LB narrows list

New Jersey star Hugh D'Imperio has only played linebacker for one season, but his performance at the position was good enough for Rivals.com to dub him the No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation. He has six leaders, but who is his favorite?
"He's got five official visits, and I expect him to use all of those up," said his father, Hugh Sr.. "He's interested in schools like Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, North Carolina and Pitt.
"I think he has offers from most of those schools, but I'm honestly not sure about Ohio State. They've talked about wanting to see film of him first. I remember seeing offers from most if not all of the others."
D'Imperio is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound linebacker from Sewell (N.J.) Washington Township and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. While he hasn't played linebacker long, that's where he wants to be.
"Some schools have talked about bulking him up, but he really doesn't want to do that," said his father. "He wants to play linebacker and even though he's only been there one year. That's where he got all his honors. He's really fallen in love with the position. He has that linebacker mentality and intensity you have to have to be great at the position."
D'Imperio may narrow his list to even fewer schools before long.
"I talked with his coach the other day and he said that he thinks Hugh should narrow his list before the season starts. That way some schools might back off and there would be a little less pressure on him. I'm not sure if he realizes the magnitude of this. There are thousands of kids that play football in this country and won't get the opportunity to, and he's got so many options."
Last year for Washington Township, D'Imperio recorded 130 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and seven sacks at linebacker. As a tight end he caught 25 passes for 475 yards and three scores.
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