#BTownBound: Nick Carovillano is Number 9

Written By Lloyd Ribner III (@Ribner3

Nick Carovillano will add his fiery play to the Hoosier Defense.

Nick Carovillano will add his fiery play to the Hoosier Defense.

Nick Carovillano is #BTownBound, as he has committed to the Indiana Hoosiers Football Program.  The Cincinnati, Ohio native is a rising-senior strong-side defensive end who is considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.  In the composite he is ranked as the number 38 ranked strong-side defensive end in the nation, and the 61st ranked player in the state of Ohio.  He took to twitter around lunchtime on Friday to announce his decision.


Harris had nine scholarship offers to choose from, including one from rival Purdue, but he decided that the best fit for him would be in Bloomington.  He played his high school ball at the prestigious Saint Xavier High School in the Queen City.  St. X, as it is known, has an elite athletic program that was ranked number 18 in the nation by Sports Illustrated.

Carovillano didn’t have an overly productive 2012 season, with just 53 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.  However, at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds he has the potential to grow into a player at the next level with the right coaching. 

He plays with very good strength and decent speed for his size, using an above average burst off the ball to help him battle opposing lineman.  He needs to improve the use of his hands to play on the next level, but his pure strength and physical style of play he will be able to effectively rush the passer if technique comes along.

The Cincinnati product is a hardnosed, tough kid with a high motor.  He always displays high effort allowing him to make the most of his physical tools.  His primary recruiter was Greg Frey, the Hoosiers recruiting assassin, who received a helping hand from defensive line coach Jon Fabris.

Carovillano is a tough, quality active defensive end.  He will need to buy into the strength and conditioning program to help fill out his frame to compete on the next level.  He also must refine his talents and implement the coaching that he will receive.  He is a good football player who projects to be a productive contributor on the colligate level.