Checking in with Lucas Caparelli

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5-11, 190-pound running back/defensive back Lucas Caparelli quietly goes about his business, turning in excellent play on a weekly basis for Robinson (Fairfax, VA) head coach Mark Bendorf. In three wins this season (Robinson is 3-0), Caparelli has put his versatility and ability on display – 37 carries, 344 yards, seven touchdowns; five receptions, 221 yards, three touchdowns; one punt return for a score.

Included in the statistics above was a top performance at private school power Good Counsel. Good Counsel, ranked at the time in the Washington Post Top 5 before dropping two straight, fell to Robinson by a score of 21-6. Caparelli had 18 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. He added one catch for 40 yards.

“We played a very good private school team from the state of Maryland,” Caparelli said, referring to Good Counsel. “We were able to go in there, execute and get a big win. But, we’ve only had one district game so far, so we really haven’t done anything yet.”

Coming off an outstanding junior year performance, Caparelli continued working hard this off-season and has noticed improvement in his overall game.

“I was working hard this off-season and I can tell the difference with certain things that happen in the game,” Caparelli said. “But, also, there’s the maturity factor. The game slows down so much with experience.”

As for recruiting, well, that appears to be on the backburner for now. He is receiving lots of contact, however.

“I get mail daily from schools in the ACC, the Big 10 and the Big East,” Caparelli said. “I don’t have a top 3 or a top 5 or a top 10 or anything like that. I’m going to look more into the visits after our season is over. I’m into the season now and that’s my main focus. Of course it’s fun to think about schools, but I’ll worry about it after the season.”

Caparelli, who does not have any plans to attend games this fall, has seven Division 1A scholarship offers.

“I haven’t received any offers recently,” Caparelli said. “I guess my last one came in the spring. I have offers from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Pitt, Michigan and Michigan State.”

Asked to comment on Virginia and Virginia Tech, Caparelli answered “Both are great University’s and both would be great places to play.”

While his decision-making process may not heat up for quite some time,

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