Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward wide receiver A.J. Sebastiano is focused on his senior season. This past Thursday, he had a three touchdown game against Inlet Grove as he helped the Eagles improve to 4-3 on the season. While his primary focus is on the field, he is also paying attention to his recruitment which is picking up some steam.
"Right now I have just been playing my season and keeping in touch with the coaches," Sebastiano said. "I have offers from Florida Atlantic and Cornell. Bowling Green, Memphis, South Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, and some others. I am just keeping in touch with them. I just sent out my first half of my senior season highlights to these schools because they asked for more film."
On his senior season, Sebastiano has 33 receptions for 682 yards and seven touchdowns. On his career, he has 17 receiving touchdowns. With his highlight tape recently sent to a number of schools who are evaluating him, he believes it is just a matter of time before his offer list increases.
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"I know Bowling Green is coming down here next weekend. Coach (Nick) Monroe is coming and bringing the receivers coach (Mark Carney) down to see me play," Sebastiano said. "Illinois was at my week four game and Western Kentucky was at my week six game. I just feel as more colleges see me, I am fairly confident that after seeing me and as some wide receiver targets commit to other schools that more opportunities will open up at different colleges."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout has yet to hit the road for any official visits, but he has seen a number of college campuses in an unofficial manner.
"I haven't taken any visits yet this season," Sebastiano said. "I took a lot over the summer and a lot before the season, but since the season started I have just been focusing on playing. I will be taking visits after my season concludes. I know for a fact that I will be taking an official to Cornell during either one of the last few weeks of the season or after the season is over. Once the season concludes, I will be hitting the road."
When it comes time for the three-star wideout to make his decision, he said he is looking for the place that he can find happiness at while also being given a chance to excel in the classroom.
"It is about where I can see myself at," Sebastiano said. "For football, you have to get up at five in the morning for workouts and such. So I want to be able to wake up every morning and be happy with where I am and feel that it is the right place. I will look at the atmosphere, if they are a team pushing to get better - whether that be having a better record, winning a bowl game, or winning a conference championship - something that shows a real drive. I also want a place where I can get a good education."
Academically, Sebastiano is fully qualified having earned an 1100 on the SAT. He said he intends to retake both the SAT and ACT again.