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Lazzaro looking to earn keep at camps

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Tommy Lazzaro's breakout spring hasn't resulted in scholarship offers just yet. The three-star quarterback is still waiting for things on that front to get rolling. He does have the attention of a handful of college programs.
There's been light conversation and plenty of mail. And while that's just fine by the Pine Creek (Colo.) High school prospect, it's not exactly what he's looking for. He wants scholarship offers. It's why he's taking schools up on their camp invitations.
"I'm going to Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado State and Kansas State for camps," Lazzaro said. "They've all invited me, and I've talked to some coaches but its mostly just mail invites."
Lazzaro, who recently captured the quarterback MVP award at the Chicago stop of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour, will attend Arizona's camp on June 7 and Colorado State's camp on June 12. He'll follow that up by hitting events at K-State (June 14) and Wyoming (June 18).
Pine Creek didn't rely much on Lazzaro's arm a year ago, as the won a state title with a run-heavy offensive attack. This year, however, the playbook has changed. According to Lazzaro, the school, which lost a pair of talented running backs to graduation, will feature a pass-heavy attack this fall.
It's why colleges appear to be in a holding pattern with scholarship offers. Some programs are keeping a toe in Lazzaro's recruiting water, though.
"A lot of the Wyoming coaches are talking to me. -- Gordie Haug and AJ Cooper," Lazzaro said. "Coach Ben Thienes from Washington has talked to me. They're just waiting, though.
Still, Lazzaro isn't content to wait for his senior season to grab an offer. It's why he's committed to traveling for camps. He's committed to showcasing his arm. If the scholarship offers don't come, it won't be due to lack of effort.
That much is certain.
"I just want a chance, you know? I just want a chance to prove how much I can help and stuff. That's the point of the camps."
As a junior a season ago, Lazzaro, an all-State selection. led Pine Creek to a Colorado state title.
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