January 22, 2010

Ram Coaches focus on Florida defender

As Colorado State puts a topper on the recruiting Class of 2010, the Ram coaches have returned to fertile hunting ground - Central Florida. Three coaches were in Orange County last night to talk with Nordly Capi of Ocoee (Fla.) in hopes of getting the 6-foot-2, 242-pound defensive end to consider Colorado State.

"I had three coaches at my house not too long ago - probably an hour ago," Capi said Thursday evening. "The offensive coordinator was here, the defensive line coach came and the defensive coordinator too. The defensive line coach said he is going to come back next week."

Impressing, Capi is one thing, but impressing his mom is just as important, according to the Sunshine State sackmaster. He said the decision is 50-50 between he and his mother, although he acknowledged his mother was just happy he was going to be able to play college football. Capi added that the parade of coaches from Fort Collins also got his mother's attention.

"There were three coaches from Colorado State here and we'd never seen that many coaches here," he said. "That told her that they were interested in me and really got her attention."

Capi brings with him impressive credentials - a 4.72 time in the 40-yard dash, a bench press of 360 pounds and his school's all-time sack record at 14.5. For his efforts, he was named All-Orange County last season.

"Most of the coaches tell me I get off the ball well. First thing to know is I fire off the ball, I use my hands well and I have a nose for the ball," Capi said.

Currently, Capi's only scholarship offer comes from Jacksonville State, but he has also been in solid contact with Marshall, Illinois, as well as Colorado State where he visited last week.

"I liked what I saw," Capi said of the visit. "The coaches are real friendly, the players were cool and the school was nice. Being from Florida, there weren't that many buildings up there, it was real open and that was cool. I really liked the fact my host was telling me that you go in, you work hard, you play hard and you get some time as a true freshman."

Capi said he hopes to major in Communications with a minor in criminal justice in hopes of being a firefighter.

My friend has a pretty good job and we'd like to watch each other's backs," Capi said about his thoughts on firefighting. "I figure, I am strong, I am fast, I could carry someone out of a burning building."

This weekend Capi finds himself in the Midwest as he travels to Illinois to see the Fighting Illini program.

"I am looking to see a good program where i can go in and make an impact immediately," Capi said of his Illinois visit. "One of the coaches told me they had a strong communications and criminal justice program too. I am looking for a feeling like I am at home and this is the place I need to be."

Capi said he thought the Illinois coaches may offer a scholarship this week and added the coaches from CSU told him they should know whether there is a scholarship to offer him by early next week.

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