Recruiting is heating up for North Bergen, N.J. linebacker Vin Ascolese. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder landed a scholarship last week from the Big East and holds a handful of other offers at this time too.
"I just got offered by Cincinnati," he said. "I got the offer last week and thought it's a great offer. They are a tough school, a tough team and have really good coaches."
Did Cincinnati say what made them pull the trigger now?
"They said I'm a beast and the thing they love is how I'm so big and I run like I'm a little guy. They also like how hard I hit."
Ascolese claims four other offers from Illinois, Buffalo, Michigan State and Temple.
"I'm just waiting and seeing, I'm still open and I haven't made my decision yet," he said. "I'll have a lot more to say when I get more offers and I pick my visits.
"I'm not taking any visits until December."
According to Ascolese, one SEC school has started to take an interest too.
"Georgia called me this past weekend," he said. "They said when I hit it leaves a statement and I hit to kill.
"Their coach thinks I can be an SEC linebacker with no problem and I fit into their defense. They want my mid-season highlight tape the first day it comes out."
In his first three games this year, the Jersey prospect posted 30 tackles, 11 for loss, one sack, one interception, five forced fumbles and seven runs for 110-yards.
"I'm just working hard, grinding," he said. "I've taken my game to a new level in every aspect this year."