April 7, 2012

LB, Luke Taffuri has Army offer

For the Army fans, if there was a way to measure linebacker Luke Taffuri attributes as a student-athlete ... a term that seldom matches up to the athlete himself, it would be that his on the field and in the class room abilities mirror that of Army's 2012 captain and linebacker, Andrew Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who was the winner of the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award and the National Football Foundation's Campbell Trophy, which is presented to the nation's top football scholar-athlete. Hence, the Academic All-American joined Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow on that short list of double honorees.

Well, Taffuri's 3.9 GPA, not to mention the interest that he is receiving from schools such as Northwestern, Duke, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Boston College, Brown along with pulling down his first college offer, from Army (West Point), surely speaks to the prospect out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep academic resourcefulness.

Again, like the former captain and linebacker, 6-foot-1, 214 pound Taffuri is not overly big. However, he has quick feet and gets to the hole quickly, as well as being an extremely headed defender.

"I'm a pretty quick player, laterally and front & back," professes Taffuri. "I'm a pretty intelligent player and that helps a lot in kind of knowing my reads and stuff, which helps me make plays around the field."

In addition to his linebacker spot, Taffuri is often used in short yardage situations, whereby in 2011 he logged in 268 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

But for the First-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State, it was hard for to escape from the excitement of registering his first offer.

"They (Army) have been recruiting me for 4-5 months and they offered me Wednesday afternoon," he adds. "Right after my track meet and Coach Guyader called. He then said, Luke I have some pretty good news and I asked him what it was. That's when he said I had an offer to play at Army. I was pretty excited about it. I was driving home with my dad and we gave each other a little high five ... we were both really excited."

In addition to football, Taffuri participates in the school track team, where his primary events include the triple jump, long jump and 4x100 relay.

With so many East Coast based schools showing interest, Taffuri made it clear that his current place of residence (Arizona) will by no means deter him from highly considering the several colleges on the "other" coast that have been in contact with him.

"I was born in New Jersey, I'm from Connecticut and all of my family lives there ... so I kind of want to get back and be close to my family," states Taffuri, who talked further about the Black Knights.

"I am really interested in Army, although don't know as much about what West Point has to offer, but I can't wait to find out," he says. "From what I do know, it's a great academic school and the football obviously is very competitive. They have a great history as a football program and so right now I am really interested in Army and I can't wait to learn more about the program. I would like to get up there this summer, but I'm not sure yet."

When it comes to camps and combines, Taffuri said he will take a wait and see approach. "I'm going to wait until after spring football and make my decision on which camps and combines I will be attending," he shared.

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