Central Islip (N.Y.) St. Anthony's defensive tackle Scott Vallone is quickly approaching a decision. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder plans to take a couple more visits soon before making a decision by the end of the month.
"I'm planning to go to Rutgers on the 10th and visit with coach Flood and Schiano a bit," he said. "Then I'm probably going to go to Boston College on the 16th. On those visits, I'm just going to be looking for the comfort level I have at both schools. By the end of the month I'm going to probably make a decision, but I don't have a date yet."
Currently the Empire State prospect claims he's down to six schools.
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"I'm looking at Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse and Connecticut," he said. "I like those schools because they all take football and academics seriously. I can say there are some schools that stick out amongst the list over the others, but I'd rather not say right now."
Vallone went in-depth about his final six.
"Rutgers is a program where the players the past four or five years have made recruits look at them. They aren't in a negative light anymore," he said. "I've been talking to Syracuse since my sophomore year. Coach Robinson has also coached defensive linemen in the NFL which is a big plus.
"Boston College is a recognized name academically and their football is turning back to the top in the ACC. I'm real familiar and comfortable with Virginia's program since my teammate John-Kevin Dolce goes there. I've visited three times.
"I'm being recruited by the defensive line coach at Maryland, Sollazzo which is a big plus. He might be the recruiter I've been in touch with the most out of any of them. Finally, UConn's facilities are unbelievable. They've put a lot of money in their program and they are moving up."