School across the ACC, Big East and Big Ten have already shown a lot of early interest in defensive end Tom Nardo out of Lancaster (Pa.) Lancaster Catholic. Who has thrown their hat in for the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder so far?
"He doesn't have any offers yet, but he's been to junior days at Pittsburgh and Virginia and is planning to go to other ones at Connecticut, Syracuse, West Virginia and maybe Maryland," said Lancaster Catholic head coach Bruce Harbach. "He's getting interest from other schools too including Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina State and others. Right now Tom is keeping all his options open as he is still playing basketball and hasn't even really considered football recruiting much yet."
Obviously schools see plenty of upside in Nardo, what makes him stand out?
"He's a heck of a football player that moves well to the ball and has great speed," he said. "More than that though is that he has a lot of potential down the road with room to grow. He can probably get up to 280-pounds and keep that speed and maybe another inch or so. Tom is still a really young guy and hasn't been able to focus on one sport, but once he does his size will continue to grow.
"Schools are looking at him for a bunch of different positions, but I think he'll be on the defensive line probably at end or tackle when it's all done. I think he's especially good with his quickness off the ball and ability to not stay blocked. People get in his face, but he breaks away. He is also a great student and very coachable."
Nardo was named lineman of the year Section III and first team Class AA all-state as a junior after registering 82 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks and two deflections.