Tight end Michael Giacone of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep had a busy January, with three visits. After taking an early January visit to Rutgers, Giacone concluded his busy month with stops at both an ACC and Big Ten school.
"I was up at the Rutgers junior day in January, and two weeks ago I was up at Boston College for junior day and also visited Penn State," said Giacone, who is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds.
Giacone actually visited Boston College and Penn State on the same weekend, and started off his tour in Boston.
"BC was great," said Giacone. "I got a chance to speak with a bunch of the coaches. I saw all of the facilities and the campus. It was a great environment."
The visit allowed him to better acquaint himself with the coaching staff.
"They talked about how playing there would be a challenge, both academically and athletically," said Giacone. "I talked with Coach McGovern mostly, who is the recruiting coordinator for North Jersey, and he talked a lot about expectations of the player and just about how they run their program."
Giacone left BC with a very favorable impression of the program.
"BC would definitely be in my top schools," he said. "I like the idea of having a strong and competitive football program while having the prestige of a school like that."
Upon the completion of BC's junior day, Giacone took the long car ride to Penn State.
"Penn State was really good," he said. "I was able to get a tour of everything with my whole family. When you were there it felt like something special. When you walk onto that field, its like "wow"."
Since the Penn State visit was not for a formal event, Giacone mainly interacted with one coach.
"Coach McQueary was the one who showed us around, so I was able to speak with him the whole time," said Giacone. "He talked about the high demand they put on the players and the prestige of the program. Pretty much how everything was too."
Aside from Rutgers, Boston College and Penn State, Giacone is also receiving steady interest from Notre Dame, Wisconsin, North Carolina, N.C. State, Purdue, Miami and Buffalo.
Next up for Giacone is the Badger Sports 7-on-7 event in New Jersey later this month, followed by a visit to Miami in March and summer camps at Boston College and Notre Dame.