April 16, 2013
New Jersey tight end hears from State
Michigan State is in the process of evaluating players for a potential scholarship offer at the tight end spot. One of the players on the short list of prospects the staff wants to see more of is Joe Vitiello of Immaculata High School in New Jersey. SpartanMag.com has some details on the 6-foot-5, 255-pound prospect.
Michigan State is very particular when it comes to tight end recruiting. The Spartans prioritize player that are just as effective blockers as pass catchers. Vitiello is a player the staff feels could possibly fill that role and warrant a Spartan scholarship offer. Rivals.com scouted Vitiello at the National Underclass Combine and ha the following to say about him.
"Earlier in his recruiting process Vitiello was receiving a majority of his attention as a defensive end, but now it is easy to see why that has gradually changed to tight end. Vitiello, 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, was the most physically impressive player at his position on Sunday. Although rather new to the position, which has slowed his recruiting process a bit, he showed surprisingly consistent hands and decent route-running ability. As schools gather more information on his tight end skills, look for his recruiting process to speed up."
Michigan State Defensive Coordinator recruits the Garden State for the Spartans. We asked Vitiello is he has had any contact with him recently.
"Yes I have," Vitiello said. "Coach Narduzzi has been in contact with me lately. I am really exited about that! I would love to come up and talk with them."
Coach Narduzzi will be traveling to New Jersey during the May evaluation period and he will certainly stopping into Immaculata High School. It is very likely that Vitiello will see his offer list expands during that time as a college coaches are able to evaluate him in person. Coach Narduzzi will likely invite to East Lansing to attend the Spartan 1-Day Elite Player Camp in June. That is where 2012 and 2013 tight end commitments Josiah Price and Dylan Chmura earned their Michigan State offers.
As far as current scholarship offers and visit Viteillo provide the following.
"South Florida, Temple and UMass have offered me so far," he said. "Maryland, Penn State and North Carolina have the most interest. I have visited all 3 of those schools."
SpartanMag.com will continue to contact Vitiello over the coming months. His size and athletic ability may turn off some BCS programs that are looking for a tight end who essentially a oversized wide receiver. However, he may be just what Michigan State is looking for in their pro-style offense which is predicated on having a physical rushing attack.
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