Anthony LaLota, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound five-star defensive end from The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., now has 38 scholarship offers and has narrowed down his choices to seven schools.
Although he continues to deny a leader, LaLota said he favors Notre Dame, Michigan, Boston College, Virginia, Florida, Penn State and Rutgers.
He attended a camp at Notre Dame. "I had a great time," LaLota said. "I got to meet all of the coaches and got to work with (defensive line) coach Jappy Oliver one-on-one. He says that depending on how big I get I could play strong side or weak side and he loves my speed.
"I also was really impressed with the facilities," he said. "Everything there is top of the line and the campus was just nice overall."
LaLota says he's confident the Irish will improve on their disappointing 2007 campaign. "I talked with Corwin Brown about it and he said they plan on being much more aggressive this year. He said they are looking to blitz more and just create more havoc."
Another coach who has impressed LaLota is Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "Coach Jags is a great coach," he said. "I think he has them heading in the right direction. Plus, they are really strong academically."
The only two schools in LaLota's top seven that he hasn't visited yet are Michigan and Penn State, but he's planning on visiting the Nittany Lions on July 23.
"Penn State has a great program," he said. "Plus, it's pretty close to home. I'm just looking forward to seeing what it's like there and learning more about them.
"I haven't had a chance to visit Michigan yet and I don't know too much about the new coaches," he said. "I'm really looking forward to getting to know them better. I think they'll do great and I really expect them to have a great season."
The school that is recruiting him the hardest is Virginia. "They keep in contact the most," he said. "They don't try and pressure me to go there and just show me how much they want me."
LaLota, ranked as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, also visited Florida during the summer. "Their program is really impressive," he said. "The coaches are great and I like how successful they've been the past few years. They are consistently a top team in the country."
He says he may make his decision before the start of his senior season. "I'll either decide right before the season at the end of August or, if I'm not ready, I'll take a few official visits and see," he said.
He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 1310 two-part SAT.