PA Lineman Rosso Anxious For Penn State Visit

The Pennsbury product has family ties to the university. He gives his thoughts on the Nittany Lions and other schools that are recruiting him.

Even in the accelerated recruiting word in which the NCAA voted for significant changes in rules last week, prospects still fly under the radar.

Matt Rosso, an offensive tackle from Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury, is proof.

Partly because he spent much of his junior season as a defensive tackle and partly because of a recent coaching change at his school, only a few schools know about Rosso, who recently added offers from Virginia and Massachusetts.

However, his name is starting to circulate as Syracuse and Boston College are asking him to visit, and Rutgers is tracking him. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Rosso is slated to visit Penn State this weekend for the spring game. He already visited the two schools to offer, and Temple.

"I played a lot of defensive tackle last year but schools are mostly recruiting me for offensive line," Rosso said.

Rosso is looking forward to this weekend's trip to Penn State for a number of reasons, and it begins with family.

"Both of my parents went there, and my brother (not playing sports) is there now," Rosso said. "(The coaches) there are pretty high energy. Coach (James) Franklin is from around here. He's from Neshaminy."

Syracuse and Boston College are both pushing for visits so they can see Rosso and get to know him better.

"They want me to come there but I just don't know when," he said. "They'll probably want me to camp."

Rosso speaks the most with coaches from Virginia and UMass, but Temple is paying close attention.

When he visited Temple, his focus was on the offensive linemen drills.

"The practice was intense, high energy," Rosso said. "I talked to the offensive line coach (George DeLeon) and they want me to come back for a camp. He saw me play defense so they want to see me play offense."

Rosso acknowledged he is still learning about a lot of schools showing interest, but a trip to Virginia enabled him to get a deeper look at the program.

"Academics are big. It's really good (academically) and it's really good football, too," Rosso said. "Their football program, they're big on family first. The campus is real nice. It's older, obviously."

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