Offer Profile: Hun School OL/DL Anthony LaLota

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The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) star lineman Anthony LaLota first began receiving official Division 1A offers in February, but the success did not stop there. Scholarship offers have continued to roll in ever since and the 6-5, 256-pound junior is now up to 19 Division 1A offers. LaLota’s success is impressive, especially considering he had never played organized football before last fall.

Prior to his junior year, LaLota thought of himself only as a basketball player. In what has turned out to be an outstanding move, he decided to give the gridiron a chance. He would become a starter at defensive end and offensive tackle and, 19 Division 1A offers later, he realizes his future is in football.

“The coaches gave me an opportunity to come out and see if I liked it,” said LaLota, who has become one of the top overall prospects in the state of New Jersey.

“I wouldn’t say football was a tough adjustment for me. I think basketball helped me out a lot in terms of athleticism, but I would say towards the middle of the season I was more comfortable and used to the game. Getting more experience helped me a lot.”

LaLota was impressive on both sides of the ball this past season, but he does have a preference for where he wants to play in college.

“I really want to stay on defense,” said LaLota, who totaled 10 sacks in the 2007 season. “I just like being more aggressive, in attack mode in getting after the quarterback and running back. I get to be more aggressive at defensive end. It is more fun.”

LaLota’s focus now is on preparing for his senior football season, but he is also devoting time to the recruiting process. He has made several unofficial visits already, including trips to Florida and the University of Virginia. Tomorrow, he’ll be in Charlottesville again to see UVa’s Spring Game. Next weekend, he plans to visit Rutgers.

“Right now, I’d say I’m early in the process of evaluating different schools,” LaLota said. “I plan on narrowing it down more towards the summer and taking it from there. I may make officials but I may not. It depends on how ready I am to make my decision.”

Academics and athletics are equally important to the talented prospect, who is eyeing