When a recruit receives early offers from Louisville, Missouri and now Mississippi State, you would think that he was from the SEC or Big 12 country. That's what is so unusual about the recruitment one of the top quarterbacks in the east.
Dom Natale of Princeton (N.J.) Hun school is a lifelong resident of the Garden State, but it just so happens that colleges from across the country are very well aware of him.
"Syracuse is the only school from the east that has offered me so far. I was excited to see that Missouri, Louisville and Mississippi State thought I was good enough to offer me being so far away. It just tells me that other schools other than the ones from the east are aware of me."
With four offers on the table and the May evaluation period upon us, Natale should expect many more offers coming his way. At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, the New Jersey gunslinger is the typical pro-style quarterback. With excellent vision, a strong arm, an on-the-mark touch, great field presence and good feet, colleges have been impressed with his junior game film.
"I sent my highlight tape to Mississippi State last week and they called my coach today and offered me, it was great that they only needed to see my tape once before offering. Clemson and Georgia Tech are also a couple of teams that are showing a lot of interest and I like both schools as well."
And why not?
Last season Natale threw for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns. Many other schools are showing interest and Dom will surely give the schools that offered him first a good look.
"Everyone that has offered is showing me that they want me and that's important. There are other schools that I like a lot such as Boston College, Notre Dame and Stanford, but they have yet to pull the trigger."
Natale is still undecided as to where he will camp this summer, but most likely it will be to a school that has offered.
"I've camped at Boston College the last three years and I really like coach Bible, he's the quarterback coach and I like BC a lot. If they offer, I probably would camp there again.”
Natale was part of the Elite 11 quarterback camp at Miami in early April and he will also be showing off his skills at the first annual Elite College Combine, being held at the New Jersey Meadowlands on May 5th. Natale will also be down at the Nike Camp in College Station, Tex. this weekend.