PSU Legacy Ready For Visit

Jonathan Warner is preparing for his official visit to Penn State this weekend. The Nittany Lion legacy will take the journey with his father Curt Warner.

Camas (Wash.) wide receiver Jonathan Warner managed to stay under the recruiting radar until last week, when his father's Alma Mater Penn State offered him a scholarship.

"Penn State defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Larry Johnson offered me," Warner said. "My dad sent my film to him and like two days after they got it, he called and offered me a scholarship. It was a pretty good birthday present for me."

Jonathan's father Curt Warner was one of the greatest backs to ever grass the grass of Beaver Stadium. Warner was a two-time All-American at Penn State and part of their first national championship team in 1983. After leaving Penn State, Warner held 42 different records. He was a first round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks and then finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1990.

"It feels like there should be a lot of pressure if I pick Penn State," Jonathan said. "People will expect you to be your dad and I'm not. I'm not going to be a running back, I am a wide receiver and I plan on writing my own story. I'm not worried about any pressure to live up to what my dad did."

Warner has been on the Penn State campus a few times and what he hasn't seen his father, a proud alumnus has filled in the gaps.

"Dad is always telling me all about it," Warner said of Penn State. "I have been there a few times and I love it there. I went to camp there my junior year. He is coming on my visit, so he can show me around. I think we have a red-eye tomorrow night and I'll get to Penn State early Friday."

Curt Warner like most former Nittany Lions have felt the sting of the sexual abuse allegations surrounding the university and the firing of his former head football coach Joe Paterno.

"He was very disappointed when he heard the news," Warner said of his father. "It was hard for him to see his school receiving such negative attention.

"When they fired Joe Paterno that really upset him," Warner continued. "It was tough at first, but now there are new coaches, so you have to try and move on. Dad has spoken with Bill O'Brien and he was very impressed with how he presented himself."

Warner feels like he didn't receive a lot of attention in recruiting circles, because he didn't get a lot of time as a junior.

"I didn't have a real productive junior year," he explained. "We had a lot of seniors and they started. A lot of schools offer based on what you do as a junior, but I had a good senior season."

Warner estimated that he had 760-yards receiving and 11 touchdowns this season. He earned 2nd Team All-State honors, along with 1st Team All-Region and All-League honors.

Penn State fans may not have to wait long after Warner's visit to find out if he commits or not.

"I'll most likely make my decision before I leave," he said. "It is PSU football, so there is a very good chance that I'll commit."

The Camas product may not have received the attention that others around him have, but he feels that he can hold his own.

"I'm (6-1) and right around 200-pounds, so I'm bigger than most receivers," Warner said of his size. "I'm fairly fast, but I am quick. I'm strong and it usually takes more than one person to bring me down. I think I have very good hands."

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