December 5, 2011
3-Star recruit will have his eyes on the Army-Navy game
Now that offensive lineman Joseph Scelfo's season has ended, it is now time to put all his emphasis on the task at hand, which is maneuvering the recruiting maze to start narrowing down the list of schools and eventually make a college decision.
For Scelfo, who is out of Bogart (Ga.) North Oconee High School, he and his teammates entered the 2nd round of the playoff with an 11-0 record. North Oconee has reached the postseason in each of the previous four seasons but has yet to go beyond the second round, where its season has ended three times and unfortunately, 2011 wasn't any different.
"We lost 26-13 to Appling County in the 2nd round," shares Scelfo, who says he will now focus on his his recruiting.
"Some schools have been showing heavier interest," says Scelfo, when discussing the current status of his overall recruiting. "Not any new offers, but getting a lot more interest.?
On the other side of the equation, the 6-foot-2, 285 offensive lineman was quick to point out those schools where unequivocally there's a mutual interest, which include the Black Knights of Army.
"I heard from Army about two weeks ago," shares Scelfo, who maintains a 3.44 GPA. "I was telling Coach Holmes that I was focusing on my season and of course we just got knocked out of the playoffs ... I was focusing on that and he was really cool about it. I'll start picking up with him and we'll start communicating more."
So what is the prospect from Georgia interest level in the Black Knights? "I'm really interested in Army. I think it would be an honor to serve our country. The the chance to server and play high caliber football as well. You grow up fast when you get there and you have future ahead of you."
"Me and dad were talking about Army the other day and it's a beautiful place. I want to get up there for an official and actually, I was trying to get there for an unofficial to check out a game, but it's a good ways away and I was focused on my season and I didn't have time. I saw their games on TV, saw the line and I think I could walk in and fit in there ... just body types and being able to move, you know."
The ideal size of a lineman can vary from team to team depending on the type of blocking schemes used and for the Black Knights, it is clear what type of offensive lineman is effective in the nation leading rushing offense.
It is Scelfo's athleticism, explosiveness and mobility that has him a top priority prospect for Army's 2012 recruiting "I play both center and guard, but my coach keeps me at guard, so I can pull and stuff," he adds. "He says I'm the most athletic offensive lineman so he wants me to play guard. But, I'm a nature center. I grew up playing center and I take center reps every day before and after practice."
So, what are the schools that have caught Scelfo's attention? "The schools that have offered me right now, are the schools that I am most interested in," he declares.
"Honestly, I haven't really set up a top five list, but I know that I'm going to take an official visit to Louisana Tech, South Alabama and UNC Charlotte. Then I'm going to fill a couple more spots with schools that might come in late. I'm just now getting my senior tape out there and schools like West Virginia have been calling me and that's really recent. The kind of school like that, who didn't have interest in me before."
Army - Navy Game
With the Black Knights as one school where there is a mutual interest, will the 3-star offensive lineman be watching the Army-Navy game?
Oh yeah," was Schelfo's response when asked if he plans on watching the Army-Navy game on Saturday, December 10th. "I've been seeing commercials for it and I'm already getting excited.
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