Joe Koch profiles West Allegheny graduate Mike Caputo, who is now a standout football player at Wisconsin.
"It was the day before the 91st East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Wisconsin safety Mike Caputo was visiting with a friend, West Allegheny football coach Bob Palko, for whom he played on the high school level.
"He came down to St. Petersburg to watch the game with my parents," recounted Caputo about the game he and his West teammates won, 29-9, Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field. "He told me the day before the game: 'You're going to win [defensive] MVP of this game. You are going to win the MVP.'"
Maybe someone should see if Palko has any stock tips. Or, maybe he knew more than just a little bit about the 6-1, 206-pound safety from Imperial who was a three-year starter on a Badgers' team that went 10-3 in 2015 and defeated the University of Southern California, 23-21, in the Holiday Bowl.
Caputo played on Palko's 2009 West Allegheny team that won the WPIAL Class AAA championship against Hopewell, 36-28, and advanced to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals before falling to Manheim Central, 45-27."