Massillon Perry junior running back Eric Magnacca is drawing interest from some of the top programs in the country after an outstanding season.
Magnacca, who helped lead the Panthers to the playoffs, rushed for 1,306 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Magnacca turned heads in Stark County by rushing for over 175 yards against both Canton McKinley and Massillon.
Magnacca, 5' 11" and 185 pounds, qualified for the state track meet as a freshman and just might be the fastest player in the area. Magnacca, who has run a 10.9 hundred meters, opened some eyes at an Akron University camp by running consecutive 4.35 forty times.
Magnacca talked about the success of his team in 2006.
"We had a great year," said Magnacca. "We made it back to the playoffs and that was our goal. Expectations were pretty low after back to back losing seasons, but we stepped up and played pretty good football all year. We were happy to go 9-2 and we hope to do better next year."
Magnacca also spoke about some of the colleges that are showing interest.
"Florida State and Notre Dame have asked for film and also requested my transcripts," said Magnacca. "Cincinnati has called my coach as well. I've been to Akron for a game and I attended the Ohio State game against Penn State. Notre Dame invited me to last week's game but I couldn't go because we played last Saturday."
Magnacca is looking forward to running track in the spring and attending football camps this summer.
"I'm not sure how many camps I'll be attending at this time," said Magnacca. "The only camp I know I'll be at is Ohio State. I've been there before and liked it a lot. Their staff is great and I learned a lot there."
The junior speedster also talked about some exciting news he received this week.
"I was invited to the Ohio State-Michigan game," said Magnacca. "That was really cool. I'll be there for sure. I wasn't expecting them to invite me for Michigan because I thought it would be for seniors only."
Magnacca even ventured to predict a score when he was asked about the game.
"I see Ohio State winning the game," said Magnacca. "I would guess OSU will win by a score of 28-14."
Magnacca projects as a defensive back or wide receiver at the next level and that suits him just fine.
"I love playing receiver," said Magnacca. "Defensive back would be fine too. I'll play anywhere I'm asked to play. I just want to fit in and help my team win."
Eric Magnacca is listed as one of the top juniors in the state by Ohio High magazine. He is a player we will track very closely in the coming year.