West Virginia University safeties coach Matt Caponi is back in New Jersey to offer St. Joseph Regional safety Connor Grieco out of Montvale, New Jersey. He comes in at 6`3 200-lbs.
On the WVU offer Connor said, “When I acquired the offer I was thrilled because of the success the program has had and the tough league they play in.”
On possibly playing in the Big XII Connor says, “It’d be a dream coming into reality for me. I’ve always dreamed about playing big time Division I football. Every football player works hard and its a blessing to have the opportunity.”
Which runs into his thoughts on the program, saying he doesn’t know much about WVU yet, but from what he does, it’s a top tier program that produces.
He tries to play like Cam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks, admiring his aggressive nature and the way he hits. A player that sticks out to him from WVU is former safety Karl Joseph.
Connor has great ball skills, playing all over the field. He can come up and stop the run, with his sure tackling ability and lay a big hit. He’s also good in coverage, playing sideline to sideline.
He will visit Morgantown in the spring after some construction is done at the football facilities. He’ll hopefully have his top five in March after some more offers roll in. His decision date is, “Hopefully sooner rather then later.”
What matters the most in choosing a school for him is, “Somewhere that will fit him both in the classroom and on the field, somewhere that also has a great campus.” Being close to home does not matter, it would be nice, but at the end of the day, it’s what school fits him the best.
His goals for this upcoming season are to get the younger players to trust him as a leader on the team and to buy into what the coaches want him and the team to do. Caponi adds he’d, “Also like to win a state championship…and be the most dominate safety in New Jersey.”
He wants to improve on seeing things quicker, saying he got better at it at the end of last season, but when you know exactly what the offense is doing and react quick. Not many balls are going to the middle of the field, it all starts in the film room.