Is Syracuse recruit Joseph Scelfo holding out for a Georgia Tech offer? It seems that way. If nothing else the offensive lineman from Bogart, Georgia is waiting another week for bigger schools to offers. Then he says he’s closing the door. “Nasty Joe” has some options on the table already (like SU, Southern Miss, and UAB), but a show of faith from his hometown school is the biggest thing missing on his list with Signing Day less than a month away.
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The 6-foot-2, 276 pounder has played offensive guard, but has worked at center and believes that may be where he fits best in college. Scelfo tells The Fizz that he‚Äôs not waiting on Tech, and understandably could be losing patience with the Yellow Jackets.
‚ÄúIf they want to offer me then they can. It‚Äôs been a while – they‚Äôve been following me since my sophomore year, and they still haven‚Äôt offered. I don‚Äôt really know what they need to see from me.‚Äù
In the meantime, the Orange remains high on Scelfo‚Äôs list. He’s told The Fizz the move to the ACC has definitely made SU more desirable. SU initially showed interest in him because¬†Recruiting Coordinator Greg Adkins previously coached with Joseph‚Äôs father, current Falcons Tight Ends Coach Chris Scelfo. He says he’ll likely visit the Hill before Signing Day.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre up there. I think I‚Äôm going to take an official there this month. If everything works out I‚Äôll take one there and see how it goes.‚Äù
There‚Äôs no doubt Syracuse is still in the picture. After all, SU is the strongest school to offer Scelfo a scholarship thus far.
But overall, the lineman‚Äôs recruiting picture is very murky. He told The Fizz back in September¬†his recruitment was wide open, and it sounds like not very much has changed since then.
Scelfo couldn‚Äôt even say with much assurance where he‚Äôll take his official visits. He‚Äôs visiting Louisiana Tech this weekend, but beyond that, he doesn‚Äôt know for sure where else he‚Äôll tour. He wants to visit at least four different campuses, and plans on visiting Syracuse, but again, that‚Äôs ‚Äúif everything works out.‚Äù
Eventually, the conversation with Scelfo turned back to what he‚Äôs waiting for, rather than what he already has.
‚ÄúWith the bigger schools coming in now, I‚Äôm going to give it a week. Then after a week we‚Äôll see what comes in and then I‚Äôm going to stop there. Anyone else who comes in, I‚Äôll tell them that they waited too late.‚Äù
UCLA is a bigger school that might offer him a scholarship.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs pretty far away though.‚Äù
Clearly, Scelfo is hopeful that a couple larger programs will swoop in and offer him. That‚Äôs why he‚Äôs so noncommittal about even taking officials to the schools currently on his list. He says he has no idea where he‚Äôll end up signing.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt really have a gut feeling. Everybody says that once you step on a campus you‚Äôll have that feeling about it, but honestly every school I‚Äôve visited I felt that way. It‚Äôs just makes it harder.‚Äù
Only time will tell if the Georgia lineman has true interest in the Orange, or if he‚Äôs merely waiting for a school like Georgia Tech to deliver a last-minute offer. The problem is, time is running out.
Posted: Andrew Kanell