May 28, 2010

Army targets DT, Scarpinato

There's no question that Army would love to land a couple of solid defensive tackles for the 2011 recruiting season and one such player that they hope to pull in is Mark Scarpinato.

The Black Knights extended an offer earlier this week to the 6-foot-3, 260 pound defensive tackle and clearly Scarpinato has what it takes to fit inside Ellerson's swarm defense.

While Scarpinato's future position isn't 100% clear, his position on the Black Knights' "interest" board is. John Ross who is handling the recruiting of the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette University High School prospect made sure Scarpinato knows he is one of Army's top prospects.

"I received an offer from Army yesterday," shares Scarpinato, who is now up to eight college offers. "Coach Ross came through and offered me.

"My mom works a few people that have been to West Point and have nothing but high marks."

When asked about scheduling a time to visit Army, the 2nd team All State defensive tackle had this to say to GoBlackKnights.com.

"Coach Ross said that there are no official visits until January, but I will be flying out there to see the campus, coaches, everything unofficially," shares Scarpinato.

Last season, Scarpinato and his teammates finished as the State Champion for Division I, where the aggressive defender registered 70 plus tackles, 8 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

However, Marquette University High School will have an uphill climb in defending their title in 2010. They will have lost 18 starters to graduation, whereby 5 of them will be playing in the Big Ten and another 3-4 are playing at other conferences within the Division I & II level. "I still see the talent in the weight room and working hard, so we are going to play as a team and be very unified, although we may not have a lot of Division I prospects," states Scarpinato, who say that his favorite player is Ndamukong Suh. "Suh is who I try to take after. But what I try to do is go out there, blow up the run, take on the double team and also get to the quarterback. I am a high motor guy and I don't take a play off."

So does Scarpinato have a location preference when it comes to selecting a college? "Previously I was quoted as saying the Midwest," confirms Scarpinato, who carries a 3.7 GPA and scored 28 on the ACT with a 12/12 on the writing.

"But the relationships I am making with coaches … I don't have to be in the Midwest. It's all about the fit for me and education is key for me, because football doesn't last forever. I want to be an orthopedic surgeon, so I have to have a great background in college to get into med school.

It is also the quality of football, the coaches, the actual campus …how I feel on campus and the ability to play early."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Mark Scarpinato's recruiting throughout the summer and his senior year.


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