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Notes from the 2010 Dave Wannstedt Team Passing Camp

Written by: on Sunday, June 27th, 2010


As I was watching North Allegheny and West Allegheny go at it during the 2010 Dave Wannstedt Team Passing Camp Sunday afternoon, I got engaged in conversation with Mike Caputo’s father, Rich. Rich provided me with a little insight on his son’s recruiting process.

Rich Caputo said his son has four top schools out of the more than 10 that have offered scholarships. In no particular order, mind you, Rich Caputo said his son’s top four schools include Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, and Pitt.

The Caputos recently made a visit to Wisconsin and have made several visits each to Ohio State, Penn State, and Pitt.

“Mike’s been playing it low-key,” Rich told me. “He’s all about the team first and really tries to shy away from the limelight.”

But shying away from the limelight is kind of hard when #7 was such a featured and integral part of West Allegheny’s 12-3, WPIAL championship season last year. Mike Caputo ran for more than 2,600 yards, scored 38 total touchdowns, led the Indians in tackles and interceptions, and was a force on special teams too.

In addition to his top four schools, Caputo also has scholarship offers from schools like Boston College, Michigan, North Carolina State, Purdue and West Virginia.

During the 7-on-7 scrimmages this past weekend at Wannstedt’s passing camp, West A. head coach Bob Palko was rotating passing attempts Caputo and Dylan Bongiorni (who transfered from Burgettstown). Perhaps that means Caputo will throw the ball a little bit. Mostly, when Caputo took snaps in the shotgun last year, he ran the ball the vast majority of the time.

Forest Hills has some key holes to fill

The Forest Hills Rangers went 13-1 last season and won the school’s eighth District 6 football championship. But the green and yellow have some big holes to fill even with the return of their three top rushers, Nick Dudukovich, Jeff Meier and Anthony Unger.

Bailey said the Rangers will probably be more of a running oriented team due to the loss of career 3,900-yard passer Zach Glessner, who will attend Saint Francis University. Forest Hills also needs to replace three offensive linemen from last year’s team.

7-on-7 winners

Thomas Jefferson, Perry (Ohio), Montour and Woodland Hills each won their respective bracket of the 2010 Dave Wannstedt Team Passing Camp. Thomas Jefferson and Montour went undefeated during the two-day 7-on-7 scrimmage. Sure, 7-on-7s are really nothing more than touch football games, but hats off to TJ and Montour for not dropping any of their scrimmages in the heat and humidity on the South Side.

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