Bergen Catholic Standout Talks RU
Oct 19, 2016
By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer
Football programs are recruiting players younger and younger these days and defensive end Antonio Alfano is a shining example of how the game has changed. Alfano not only holds a number of high-level offers as a high school freshman - he actually picked some of them up as an eighth grader.
"I received my Rutgers offer in June of 2015, which was the end of middle school," Alfano said. "For me, I like Rutgers a lot. They're close to home, they're in the Big Ten now which is big, and they have a new coaching staff that is looking to make positive changes to the program."
At 6'4" and 264 pounds, the Bergen Catholic standout already has the frame to play at the next level. As of this writing, he holds offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, but that list will grow in the coming weeks and months. Schools like Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Pitt, Stanford, Syracuse, and Tennessee are also showing intense interest in him.
What makes Alfano special enough to get college offers around his bar mitzvah age? Well, the defensive end says that his initial burst, strength, and hustle sets him apart from other players in his grade and it's obvious from watching his film that he is an advanced player. At the same time, the youngster says that he hopes to work on his hands and maintaining a good pad level.
Even though he holds a number of high-level offers, Alfano says that it feels "surreal" each time he learns of a new school with interest. The BC notable is keeping a level head even as the recruiting process swells and he is keeping his focus on helping his high school team win.
"My personal goals for this season are to get my team a state championship and continue to build my skill set at left tackle. I have been starting both ways since last week and see that continuing," Alfano said.
Alfano indicated that it is too early in the process for him to name favorites, but his fondness for Rutgers is evident. The idea of staying close to home is a plus for him (though he would also be okay with leaving the nest) and he says the idea of building up a program like RU would be a great experience for him.
"It would be nice to see a lot of my family and friends at the Rutgers games. I doubt they could all make it if I went further away."