Middletown South, N.J. linebacker prospect Nick Macaluso took in a junior day at Boston College last weekend. What did the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder think of the Eagles and what schools are in the running for his services?
"I really liked it a lot, I'm considering that school and the coaches were really nice and I basically got to talk to the coaches the whole time," he said of the BC trip. "They're real friendly and make you feel comfortable. I talked to coach Bill McGovern, he's my recruiting coach and he spoke to me about the school and linebacking too.
"I thought the facilities there are really nice and they put in the new offices and locker rooms. The scrimmage we watched was pretty good, I feel like I can play on that team a couple years from now. Again what stood out was the coaches, but I also like Boston it is a great city and the campus is really cool too."
Did the visit push Boston College any further up Macaluso's list?
"It was in my top five and it's still high up there," he said. "Other teams up there include Stanford, Notre Dame, Duke and Northwestern."
Macaluso just picked up another scholarship offer, this time from Duke.
"I got a scholarship offer from them in the mail last week," he said. "It's good to get it from them. It's pretty exciting because it's a school I'm considering and it's a full ride there, I'm very happy and excited about that. I guess it was a little bit of a surprise, being they are one of my top schools because I like that they are one of the best schools in the nation academically and I can play football there as well."
What does the linebacker like about Stanford, Northwestern and Notre Dame?
"Notre Dame is a prestigious school," he said. "Northwestern is good academically and they are in the Big Ten and Stanford I like basically for the same reasons as Duke. They are good academically, and the distance is not a drawback, it doesn't have any affect on me really."
Right now, Macaluso is preparing for the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"I'm doing track and field and weight lifting which is helping to build my speed and conditioning," he said. "I'm finding my speed is a lot better and my 40 times are significantly faster doing sprints."
With all the work he's putting in this spring, what is the prospect hoping for next year?
"I just want to make another run at the state," he said. "Personally, I want to make first team all-state and play in the All-American game my senior year."
This summer Macaluso still hasn't decided on what camps he'll attend.
"Our school gets out late on June 27th, so it'll be hard to make camps," he said. "I want to go visit all the schools and see what offers I get, but if I can make a trip, offers will be the biggest thing."
As for a decision from him, Macaluso is looking at making a commitment relatively early.
"I'll probably decide pretty early," he said. "I'm looking at getting it out of the way before Christmas."
Last season Macaluso recorded 90 tackles, five sacks and one interception.