Pentello Shows What He Can Do At Camp

Westerville (Ohio) South quarterback/defensive back Rocko Pentello was among the many talented athletes on display at Ohio State's senior advanced camp. Pentello discussed the offers he has received as well as his hopes for a big senior season at South. Click here for more.

One of the intriguing prospects at Friday's senior advanced camp at Ohio State was Westerville (Ohio) South quarterback/defensive back Rocko Pentello.

Pentello (6-0, 195, 4.4) threw for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore in 2004, when Westerville South went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the Division I playoffs. This past year, he completed 106 of 170 passes for 1,700 yards.

"I got to play a little bit on defense my freshman and sophomore year, but injuries kept me off defense last year," Pentello said. "This year, I'm looking forward to playing there full-time."

Pentello worked out at OSU with the defensive backs group. He said it does not matter to him if he plays college football on offense or defense.

"I would let the college decide," said Pentello, who boasted a 36-inch vertical leap at the OSU camp. "Wherever they put me is where I will play. I think the knowledge of playing offense and switching over to defense, that helps me."

Pentello has offers from Toledo, Akron, Marshall and Cincinnati.

"This was the first camp I have been to," said Pentello, who holds a 3.4 GPA. "I might go to Michigan State, but I have not decided yet."

Of course, coaches from around the MAC and other Division I-A schools were on hand to observe and coach the players at the advanced camp.

"The best thing about this camp is the exposure of being in front of the coaches and them being able to see you up close like that," Pentello said. "They get a chance to see what you can do and they coach you. Learning from college coaches, that may have been the best part of the day."

With his senior year approaching, Pentello is eager to get started at Westerville South.

"I think we should have a real good team coming back," he said. "We're always looking for the state championship, and I think that is possible with the team we're going to have."

The Pentello name is held in high regard at Westerville South. He plays for his father, longtime South head coach Rocky Pentello. And he followed in the footsteps of his cousin, also named Rocky Pentello, who was a record-setting quarterback at South.

But Rocko Pentello said he doesn't let high expectations – from his family or others – put added pressure on him.

"I don't worry about it," he said. "I just go out and play with my teammates. We just try to make our own names."

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