St. C’s Monteroso will sign with Purdue
It’s a person’s perogative to change his mind.
St. Clairsville senior Dan Monteroso had been committed to Boston College since early July.
The Eagles have since gone through a coaching change and Monteroso opened up his recruitment once again.
That changed Friday afternoon when he informed the newly hired coaching staff at Purdue University that he’d sign a National Letter of Intent to become a Boilermaker on Feb. 6, which is the first day seniors can ink their binding letters.
Monteroso had remained committed to Boston College up until a little more than a week ago. Hazel, who is a Muskingum graduate that’s served as Kent State’s head coach and as an assistant at Ohio State, and the Boilermakers recently paid Monteroso a visit to basketball practice and then to his home and made a scholarship offer.
“As soon as Coach Hazel got there and he called and offered,” Monteroso said during a Friday afternoon phone interview. “After visiting with him, they were instantly a contender. The things that Coach Hazel believes in are the same things that I believe in, so we hit it off immediately and formed a good relationship.”
The 6-3, 170 pound bundle of talent took an official visit to West Lafayette last weekend and this past week spent the day touring the University of Maryland at College Park before issuing his verbal.
“I really think if there hadn’t been a coaching change (at Boston College), I feel like I’d still be going to B.C.,” Monteroso said. “But, with the change, it just wasn’t the spot for me and I decided to move on.”
Comparing it to a ‘bad break up,’ Monteroso made the call to new Eagles’ head coach Steve Addazio last week, informing him of his de-commitment. Boston College had recently hired Bellaire native Todd Fitch as its new wide receivers coach.
“It was a very tough call to make, but this is what I feel is best for me,” Monteroso said.
Monteroso did confirm that he will sign his letter of intent on signing day, so he can get back to focusing on basketball and helping to try to lead the Red Devils deep into the postseason once again this winter.
“There’s definitely a relief to have this process over with,” Monteroso said. “It’s been crazy, but I feel it’s all been worth it. I am definitely happy and I know that I’ve found the place that I want to be and spend the next four years.”
The Red Devils’ wide receiver spoke highly of his visit to College Park for the Terrapins, but it just didn’t fit him as well as the Boilermakers.
“I really liked Maryland,” Monteroso said. “I had been to West Lafayette for a basketball event when I was a freshman and it’s just an amazing place.”
Monteroso, who will take part in the Ohio North-South Football Game, was a first-team all-Ohio selection last fall after helping to lead the Devils to a 14-1 record and a trip to the Division IV state title game.
Monteroso caught 68 passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was the Eastern District Player of the Year along with first-team all-OVAC, Buckeye 8, all-Valley and all-Times Leader. He was also named the Big 22 Ohio Valley Player of the Year last month.
The future Boilermaker has been told he’ll be given a shot to win a job as a freshman, which is what he intends to do.
“My goal is to get on the field next year,” Monteroso said. “I am going to go out there, work hard and try to do that. Hopefully, i can. Coach Hazel has told me he’s going to give me a shot and see what I can do.”
The Boilermakers, who finished 2012 with a 6-7 record, will open their season on Aug. 31 at Cincinnati. The Boilermakers will host Notre Dame on Sept. 14 and welcome Ohio State on Nov. 2.
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