Maryland's Catalino was surprisingly lightly recruited
Today’s edition included a feature on the physical makeover Maryland junior attackman Grant Catalino has undertaken to become more of a force for the Terps.
Another topic that he discussed (but I could not get into the article due to space limitations) was how lightly recruited he was when he played for Webster Schroeder High School in upstate New York.
Catalino, who has scored 95 points on 56 goals and 39 assists in three seasons, said only Maryland, Duke and Georgetown actively sought him. Syracuse and Cornell, two Division I programs closest to him, did not recruit him, but Catalino said he doesn’t use the snub as a vengeance tactic.
"I’ve always been someone to work pretty hard, and I’m not out there to prove anybody wrong," he said. "But it definitely drove me to play the best that I could at the next level. Out of high school, everybody knew the big names out of Maryland and Long Island, but where I’m from – upstate – we don’t really get that much hype just because there aren’t that many kids in our area that go D-1 until a few years ago. So I’m not out there to prove anybody wrong, but I’m out there to show everybody else that I can help our team out."
Catalino said the lack of attention from other schools did not anger him.
"At the time, it didn’t bother me at all because I really didn’t know what to think," he said. "Looking back on it, it doesn’t really bother me because the place I ended up at, I don’t think there could’ve been a better fit for me – athletically and academically."
Catalino’s decision to commit to the Terps was somewhat surprising considering that his older brother Mike is a fifth-year attackman for the Blue Devils.
"I think the biggest reason that I did not go down there was because I thought that the academics here would be better than at Duke," Grant Catalino said. "Plus, I wanted to stay a little closer to home, and Duke was a little far for me. But everything else – like the ability to play with my brother – would have been awesome."
Catalino said contrary to popular belief, his brother did not place any pressure on him to attend Duke.
"He’s always left those decisions up to me," Catalino said. "We talked about it briefly at the time that it happened, and he basically said, ‘Make the decision that is best for you. If that ends up being Duke, then you’ll have the best four years of your life.’ But he didn’t put any pressure on me by any means, and he left the decision totally up to me."