Two Offers for Bertucci

Johnny Bertucci

Archbishop Rummel enjoyed its best season ever last fall and defensive tackle Johnny Bertucci is reaping the rewards from his team's success.

At 6-foot-1, 260-pound, Johnny Bertucci was a key component of a stingy Rummel defense that held opponents to a meager 145 total points in 15 games and the junior currently holds two scholarship offers.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette and Air Force have each extended offers to Bertucci and several other schools are expressing interest.

 

"I've been getting letters non-stop from UL for a long time," said Bertucci.  "I've heard from UL for at least a year.  They tell me that they like the way I play and that they hope I'll become a future Cajun."

 

Bertucci checked out the Cajuns first-hand last season.

 

"I went to the UL/Kansas State game," Bertucci said.  "They had a recruiting thing for us and we had burgers and everything.  It was nice."

 

The offer from Air Force was unexpected, according to Bertucci.

 

"That really surprised me," he said.  "Air Force is a prestigious school with great opportunities.  I was stunned by that offer.  It kind of sucker-punched me." 

 

Bertucci is also receiving interest from the likes of Tulsa, TCU, SMU, Illinois, Tulane, Southeastern, and Cornell.

 

"I really like TCU and SMU," said Bertucci.  "I have family in Texas and I like the Texas schools." 

 

Bertucci, who is a big Boise State fan, said that he was torn while watching TCU and Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

 

Last season, Rummel (14-1) advanced to the 5A state finals for the first time in school history and that experience is one that Bertucci won't ever forget.

 

"It was awesome playing in the Dome," he said.  "I'm excited to have been part of the first Rummel team to go to the Superdome and while we lost, I thought I played the best that I could." 

 

Right now, the Raiders are putting in the offseason work in preparation for another deep run in the playoffs.

 

"We're doing agilities and plyometrics," said Bertucci, who had just completed his workout.  "We've been lifting for four weeks already." 

 

Bertucci attended the National Underclassman Combine last weekend and posted the second-best bench press at the event:  31 reps of 185 pounds. 

 

 

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