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Mastrogiovanni has timeline for commitment

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Dallas Jesuit has not exactly been a hotbed for big-time college football prospects as of late but the school certainly has one of the better trios of players in the country for the class of 2012. Wide receiver Jake Oliver and offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson have committed to Texas and Texas A&M, respectively, but linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni remains undecided.
Perhaps no player in the state of Texas has seen more interest recently than the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Mastrogiovanni. He has added quite a few offers this spring and in the past two weeks has picked up two big ones from Notre Dame and LSU. While the Fighting Irish offered on an unofficial visit, the LSU one came as a bit of a surprise.
"I had been talking with them for about a month," Mastrogionvanni said of LSU. "I went out there for a junior day and I really liked it. It seemed like the coaches really liked me and we really clicked."
The Tigers are different than other programs, though, in that they are possibly recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball.
"They have a lot of depth at linebacker," he said. "I've looked at their roster and everything. Coach (Les) Miles told me that he thinks they could use me as a linebacker or a fullback just depending on where I fit better for them.
"I think I could play either one of them, honestly. I really have a lot of fun catching the ball on the offensive side but I'm really comfortable at linebacker."
A week after taking in Notre Dame, Mastrogiovanni took an unofficial visit to an in-state school.
"I went to check out (Texas) A&M on Saturday and I had a lot of fun with that," he said. "I went down there with J.J. I had gone there for an unofficial visit a couple months ago and I really liked it. They invited me down there for the first spring practice and I talked to J.J. about it and he said that he would be going so I figured I might as well go check it out with him."
Though Mastrogiovanni remains open to all suitors he does admit that a trio of schools has his interest piqued.
"I really like A&M," he said. "I've got a lot of people pushing me to go to A&M. J.J. is my best friend. He's really wanting me to go there. It's a great school.
"Of course, Notre Dame is up there too. They're Notre Dame and they have such a great reputation. Also LSU - I really like coach Miles and the staff and they're always going to be a team that contends for a national championship. Those are some big ones but I really haven't narrowed things down all that much. I'm keeping an open mind."
The programs recruiting him will not have to wait too much longer to find out his ultimate destination, though, as he does have a timeline for a commitment in place.
"I'm going to try to make my decision right after spring ball," Mastrogiovanni said. "Our spring ball ends somewhere around the 20th or 21st of May. The first week of summer or right after spring ball I should have my decision made."
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