Catapano Commits to Princeton
Mike Catapano
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 6, 2008

Two-star athlete Mike Catapano had many opportunities to play Division I-A football, but chose to make that 40-year decision when he ended his recruitment on Friday by giving his verbal commitment to Princeton. We spoke with the Mineola, N.Y., native recently to find out why he chose the Ivy Leagues.

Mike Catapano will be working hard to add an additional 10 pounds of muscle mass over the next several months as he’ll be playing defensive end for Princeton University in the fall of 2008. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Chaminade High School product had other offers from Army, Temple, Hofstra and Harvard, but said his decision became easy after visiting Princeton for an official.

“I had known I was going to commit there officially for a while, but I had to wait to get accepted and that became official on Friday,” Catapano explained. “After football I want to have a great degree that can take me places in life so that if professional football isn’t in my future I’m still making professional money.”

At first Catapano didn’t have the option of the Ivy Leagues with offers from Temple, Army and Hofstra, but once Harvard and Princeton came into picture his focus completely shifted.

“It really came down too Princeton and Harvard, so I took officials to both and just felt more comfortable with the players, coaches and atmosphere at Princeton.”

Catapano was off to a great start this season, however a shoulder injury ended his senior year early.

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