Over the weekend Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller linebacker/safety TJ Rotello headed south to take in a Junior Day at Furman. FirstStarFootballReport.com caught up with Rotello about the visit and the big visit coming up this weekend.
“It was a great visit and I loved it,” said Rotello. “Coach (Ken) Lamendola said they were glad to have me down and getting familiar with the school. He stressed for me to stay in contact with them as they want to get to know me more.”
What was it about the visit that impressed Rotello?
“I really loved the campus and watching the scrimmage,” he said. “Everything was impressive as their weight room was nice and honestly, I didn’t have anything I disliked.”
What would an offer from the Paladins mean to Rotello?
“To earn an offer from them would mean a lot,” he stressed. “Furman is a school I really want to go to now after seeing the school in general and watching the coaches.”
What position are the Paladins looking to recruit Rotello at?
“Coach Lamendola said they see me as an outside linebacker that can play in space,” continued Rotello.
While impressed with his visit to Greenville, South Carolina, this weekend Rotello is looking to visit a school with deep family ties.
“I’m to visit the Air Force Academy this weekend,” he said. “Both my parents are academy graduates and my father was an All-American football player there. My sister is currently a junior there.
“I’m to leave Thursday night and spend Friday at the academy and watch practice on Saturday.”
Rotello has heard much about academy life growing up and feels he’d fit right in.
“I know I really haven’t experienced it myself but know all about going in a few weeks early and going through BCT,” he explained.
“I know how much different attending the academy is from regular life but I would be excited to go through that.
“Football-wise, they had a great season last year and I always just want to win. So I’m looking to go and contribute where I can. Academically, you know you’re getting a great education as my parents have explained and my sister says now. So I’m up for that challenge and excited to learn more about it.
“Friday is a chance to see everything and attend class with one of the players in the morning before having lunch with the coaches and taking a tour of the whole campus. Saturday we’ll get a chance to watch them practice.”
A multi-sport athlete, Rotello is currently in his second sport lacrosse where he’s also hearing from several schools about playing the sport at the college level. However, he can’t wait to get back to football as the Crusaders are headed by a new head coach.
“Coach (Mark) Elder has been great,” said Rotello. “I’m lifting with lacrosse now as we just started practices. So I’ve not been to football every day. However, when I’m with them you can see he’s created a great culture already in the few weeks he’s been there. Everyone is upbeat and excited even with the season we had last year. He’s got everyone pushing each other and everything is looking up. I’m excited to get back with the team after the lacrosse season.