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Woodland Hills LB Mike Caprara generates D-1 interest

Written by: on Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Over the last two seasons, the Woodland Hills Wolverines defensive unit has been especially nasty, holding 21 of 27 opponents to 14 points or less with five shutouts.  One of the keys to the turquoise and black’s dominant defense is potential Division-1 prospect Mike Caprara.

Caprara, a 6’0, 210-pound middle linebacker for the two-time WPIAL AAAA finalist Wolverines, has received interest, but no verbal offers, from five Division-1 programs, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.  Interested parties include Michigan State, Pitt, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse.

One of 10 Wolverines selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s All-Big East Conference 1st Team, Caprara has made the team each of the last two years.

The Wolvrines’ leading tackler each of the last two years, Caprara finished his junior season with 121 tackles, eight sacks and an interception, averaging 9.3 tackles per contest in 2010.  Woodland Hills’ defensive unit, including reserves, allowed an average of 11.9 points per game a season ago, which is notable considering the team got off to a 1-3 start and allowed 70 points in that four-game span.  The Wolverines held nine of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Woodland Hills finished 9-4 in 2010, reaching the WPIAL AAAA championship game at Heinz Field before bowing to eventual PIAA AAAA champion North Allegheny, 21-14.

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