June 26, 2010

Massachusetts ATH keeping busy

One month ago Louisville and new Cardinals' head coach Charlie Strong gave Massachusetts linebacker Mike Orloff his first scholarship offer.

Orloff just recently visited Louisville to check out the Big East school and get a first hand look at the changes taking place in the football program. That's not the only school Orloff has visited recently, as he has been a very busy prospect.

"I'm actually at Syracuse right now," Orloff reported on Saturday afternoon. "Next week we're going as a team to UConn. I just got back from Louisville a few days ago.

"Louisville was an unofficial visit and I worked out with them for half a day. I really liked it a lot, actually. I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches -- especially coach Strong, since he coaches linebackers. I could play early there and I enjoyed myself there.

"I like Syracuse a lot, too. I got to see the facilities a little bit and they were really nice. The weight room's real nice."

Orloff said after he goes to UConn he will make a trip to Boston College to work out with the coaches there.

Thus far Louisville, Harvard and UMass are the three schools that have invited Orloff to join their programs. Louisville has offered him as a middle linebacker, while Harvard and UMass like him as a quarterback. Every other school has recruited him as an outside linebacker.

"I don't really have any favorites right now," he said. "I'm kind of just taking it all in right now. I'm going to start narrowing it down towards the end of the summer and make a decision before the season or after a couple of games."

Last fall the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect from Danvers (Mass.) Lawrence Academy led the league in tackles with around 80, while forcing two fumbles, intercepting two passes and returning one for a touchdown.

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