Westerville South's Rocco Pentello is a football player who realizes that playing for Ohio State is a great opportunity. Pentello, who committed to the Buckeyes on an official visit in early December, talked about why choosing Ohio State was the best decision for him.
"I was recruited by Tim Beckman and Paul Haynes," Pentello explained. "They said they were impressed by my camp showing. On my official visit I spent a lot of time talking with Jim Tressel. I couldn't have been more impressed. He spent time talking with my family about a lot of different subjects, not just football. We talked casually for about thirty minutes. I could tell he was a great guy who cares about his players and getting close with their family."
Pentello, who starred at quarterback and defensive back, impressed a lot of people with a strong camp performance. He ran a 4.4 forty and had a very impressive 3.85 shuttle time. Ohio State did not offer at camp but stayed in close contact with Pentello throughout the recruiting process.
"The Ohio State coaches told me they liked my performance," he continued. "They said they were going to recruit me all the way through my senior year. I had a pretty good feeling they were going to offer. I got my offer on my official visit and committed to Coach Tressel the next day. I was expecting an offer all the time and it was great to finally get it. Ohio State was always my dream school. It's close to home and it's a very prestigious university."
Pentello, who suffered a broken ankle in the middle of the season talked about the injury and about his strengths as a player.
"I broke the ankle when I got hit from behind carrying the ball," said Pentello. "It's fully healed now. I'm doing really well. Right now I'm working on regaining the strength in my ankle. I want to be at full speed by summer. Speed and quickness are my main strengths. At camp the Ohio State coaches really liked my footwork, change of direction, and body control. I plan on playing defensive back at Ohio State.'
"I thought about enrolling early but I'm not going to be able to do that. I will be taking classes this summer though. I want to come in and bust my tail and see what happens. I have no problem with red-shirting next year. I just want to get better and get on the field as soon as possible."