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Haverford School TE Matt Carlino will be a Blue Hen following senior year. @MattCarlino1 @FordsFootball

Written by: on Monday, September 7th, 2020

 

The saying “it’s in your blood” or “he’s got good genes” is often heard around the recruiting world and with good reason.  It’s usually true. The same can be said for Haverford School TE Matt Carlino. His uncle was a stud at Penn State (an Upper Merion grad), Brad Scioli, and it’s not surprise that he’s who Carlino chose as his mentor throughout his years as a youth/high school player. Carlino has excelled as a tight end for the Fords,  and his reward has been several D1 offers including the likes of Bucknell, Cornell, Brown, Morgan St, Columbia, Lehigh, Albany, Bryant, William & Mary, Dartmouth, Lafayette, Furman, Maine, Sacred Heart, Delaware, VMI, Rhode Island, Miami, OH and Army. But it was Blue Hen tight ends coach Bill Polin that made the offer count, landing the 6’5 230 pound stud for the Delaware program.

Matt made his announcement via twitter:

 


We caught up with Matt and asked him about his choice and the process that got him there:

PFN: How long have you played football?

Matt: I have been playing football for 10 years.

PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Blue Hens?

Matt: I chose to commit to Delaware because it offers a great combination of academics, competitive football and career support. I also think the coaching staff is top notch.

PFN: Why commit early/commit to them?

Matt: I wanted to wrap up my recruiting prior to the beginning of my school year.

PFN: Who was your biggest influence at Delaware U, who recruited you?

Matt: Bill Polin. He is the Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Coach Polin did an excellent job recruiting me, despite the Covid restrictions.

PFN: What are they getting in player like you?

Matt: They are getting a versatile player, who can catch the football and block effectively. They are also getting someone that works hard and puts the team first.

PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?

Matt: It was hectic, but I enjoyed the ride. Had the opportunity to develop relationships with many coaches, which I really appreciated. Obviously, Covid negatively affected the process, but things worked out in the end.

PFN: How did the Covid 19 pandemic affect your decision?

Matt: 19 extended the timeline for my decision. I originally planned to commit sooner, but needed more to time to assess my options.

PFN: What position were you recruited for?

Matt: Tight End

PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?

Matt: Business

PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?

Matt: They gave me valuable input, but ultimately left it up to me.

PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the Delaware program?

Matt: It’s football tradition.

PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for the Blue Hens?

Matt: Winning Championships.

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the football world something they’d never know about you until you told them:

Matt: In 5th grade I played for a Nationally ranked AAU Basketball team.

PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?

Matt: That I am going miss everyone and appreciate all their support.

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