October 13, 2009

2011 LB having big year

If you haven't heard much about Class of 2011 linebacker Anthony Sarao that might be about to change.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect from Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit is off to a fast start in his junior season and that might be an understatement.

"Our season's going great right now," Sarao said in a recent interview. "We've got one loss and it was a heartbreaker. We won our last game 42-7."

In that last game alone Sarao recorded 15 tackles, five sacks, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown. Those numbers are impressive regardless of what level of football you're playing at. He has been in double-digits in tackles in every game so far this year, so coaches will surely get a chance to check him out as the recruiting process progresses.

Some of those coaches are already hot on his trail.

"I've been talking to a lot of schools, actually," he said. "Mostly Boston College, UCLA, Alabama and Syracuse so far. Those are the main ones right there. I've been getting a lot of letters from Rutgers and Connecticut, too."

The coaches from Alabama invited him down to the Tide's game against South Carolina this weekend, and Sarao said he hopes he can make it down to Tuscaloosa for that. Over the summer he camped at Ohio State and Penn State and was given the MVP award for linebackers in attendance.

Are any schools close to extending offers?

"I'd say the closest school to offering is Boston College. It's between them and UCLA. I'm getting a lot of handwritten letters and I'm talking to the coaches all the time."

Despite that Sarao said he doesn't have any favorites right now.

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