Nation’s No. 5 DE Antonio Alfano is another Sparq monster set to visit Georgia
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for a chance to catch up with 4-star DE/DT prospect Antonio Alfano regarding his interest in the program.
Antonio Alfano is one of those guys. Go ahead and place him in the “He did what?” category when it comes to an elite athlete showing off their explosive ability at a Nike The Opening regional.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound prospect is being recruited to play defensive end, defensive tackle, outside linebacker and eve tight end at some schools. There is some level of a geographical divide to those scouting thoughts.
“It is actually funny,” Alfano told Landof10’s Tyler Donohue at The Opening New Jersey regional. “The West Coast wants me at tight end and linebacker. The East Coast (schools) they want me at D-tackle and D-end.”
The reason for that was clearly evident after Alfano “Sparq-d” up a 124.80 overall rating at in New Jersey on Sunday.
His efforts do ring that Nolan Smith bell. Just a bit. Consider this:
- 17 years of age
- A 4.82-second laser time in the 40-yard dash
- Vertical leap of 36.6 inches
- Pro agility drill showing at 4.27 seconds
- A Powerball toss of 46 feet
Alfano’s effort wasn’t the best at the event, but it would have been good enough for fourth nationally in the Sparq rating so far at all those Nike events. How big is that?
Well, he was the only prospect among the top 90 who weighed more than 257 pounds. His short shuttle time of 4.27 seconds was better than the one recorded by 5-star RB Noah Cain in that event.
Alfano ranks as the nation’s No. 5 strongside DE prospect on the 247Sports composite ranking. His name also slides in at No. 58 overall nationally.
Georgia made his top 12. He also plans to visit soon.
A couple reps for @Antonioalfano99 in the "Final 5".
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 8, 2018
How Antonio Alfano views UGA
Alfano, who also wrestles in high school, plans to see both Alabama and Georgia in the next week. It will be the second unofficial visit for each of those programs.
April 5th & 6th: Penn State 🔵⚪️
April 8th: Nike Opening
April 12th: Georgia 🔴⚫️
April 13th & 14th: Alabama 🔴🔴@PennStateFball @penn_state @TheOpening @FootballUGA @universityofga @AlabamaFTBL @UofAlabama
— Antonio Alfano (@Antonioalfano99) March 29, 2018
“I really want to build that family bond,” Alfano told Donohue. “I really want to form that bond and get to know the coaches and the players and see how they like that school and how they are going to treat me as a brotherhood. That’s what I am looking for. A brotherhood.”
He planned to commit in December but backed off that. Alfano now plans to make his college choice after his senior season. The official visits will come in the fall.
The New Jersey resident decline to name any schools that were already going to get officials, but he did drop a major hint.
“I think you guys can tell from the schools that I am visiting now,” he said. “That’s a little hint.”
Alfano sounds like he will strongly consider Penn State down to the wire. He said there is a big “family vibe” up there.
“They really care about their recruits up there,” Alfano said.
When asked about the coaches and head coaches that he really connects me with so far, he named the staffs at Alabama, Georgia and Penn State.
Early G-Day visitor’s list forming up
G-Day should be another showcase event for recruits to see the best of the Bulldogs. There are a lot of recruits who have already told DawgNation that they plan to be in Athens.
Here’s another early list in advance of the April 21 spring scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
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