From reject to NFL first-rounder

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Full name: Anthony Salvatore Castonzo

Hometown: Hawthorn Woods

Position: OT

NFL Draft Projection: First round

Height: 6-7

Weight: 311

40: 5.06

College: Boston College

High School: Fort Union (Va.) Military

Sporting News’ latest mock draft: No. 9 by Dallas

Trivia: Made a record 54 starts for BC. Blocked for current Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

The skinny: The former Lake Zurich standout is one of two former Chicagoland prep stars projected to go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft April 28-30. Castonzo didn’t receive a single college offer as a defensive lineman at Lake Zurich.

His former coach Mike DiMatteo tells Castonzo’s story:

As far as I remember, Anthony was spotted by the coach from Fork Union during the off-season between his senior year and college. Anthony was not recruited by anyone at the time. Some Division I schools came in and all of them said that he was too thin in the shoulders and hips. Anthony went to a camp at North Carolina University and that’s when the Fork Union coach spotted him. That coach didn’t miss what everyone else did. Anthony was tall and thin….about 6-4, 220 if I remember correctly. Anthony and his father [Bill] chose to go to Fork Union Military Academy, BC saw him play and the rest is history. Anthony was a 36 ACT guy, and had a great work ethic in the weight room. When we would close it at night, he would always be the last one out. Not only that, but he was always a class person…always. He comes from a good family that obviously taught him a great work ethic. He is that one in a million person who everyone missed on. I think it’s great that he’s going to be drafted and I hope he has a Hall of Fame career. I will certainly be watching the draft and wishing him all the good fortune in the world.

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