Name: Carlos Vettorello
Position: Center / Offensive tackle
Year: (Redshirt) sophomore
Hometown: Royal Oak, Mich.
High School: University of Detroit Jesuit
2019 stats: Scheduled to start at right tackle from the outset, after his redshirt season, Vettorello was thrust into the starting left tackle job when Sam Heckel went down with injury. The next eight games he stayed out wide, until post bye-week, he was moved to center for the Duke game, pushing Airon Servais out wide to tackle. He finished the season there, and looks to have solidified his spot in the middle of the line.
2020 projections: Vettorello will be the penned in starting center from day one. He returns as one of four on a line that showed much improvement in the final stretch of games and outside of Servais, a redshirt senior, is a young unit learning to work together. He’ll be worth keeping an eye on as a standout contributor on what should be a solid line.
How’d he get here?: Some ACC schools including the Boston College Eagles and Pittsburgh Panthers were hanging around with offers. He also had numerous P5 looks from Iowa, Iow State, Illinois, and Minnesota among others.
What’d recruiting sites say?: 3-Stars
Money quote: Airon Servais and Kendall Coleman had some praise for Carlos last year when talking to Stephen Bailey over at Syracuse.com —
“He’s prepared like a starter since he got here and I think that’s what really helped him get into this role now,” Servais said. “He just does everything that he needs to to be that guy, and now he is that guy.”
“As soon as the play ends, I’m either telling him or he’s coming and asking me,” Coleman said. “There’s no doubt that both of us want to see him get better and see how his impact affects this team. We’re all excited to see how he does this week.”
Twitter feed: @CarlosVett
Tweets of wonder: He seems to be a fan of coach Mike Cavanaugh —
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: Since Vettorello’s from the Detroit area and Dino just quoted the movie, we’re going with Ford v Ferrari, the 2019 film starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The movie showcases the Detroit based Ford team building a car to contend with Ferrari at Le Mans.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Whether you love or hate him, sportscaster Gus Johnson is an alumnus of Vettorello’s high school, University of Detroit, Jesuit.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Here’s the NSD highlights for Vettorello, since you don’t get much of a college o-line highlight reel. Check out some of the tape from last year if you want to see him work, specifically Duke and beyond, since he’s likely going to be at center this year.