2014 MLB talks OSU unofficial, recruiting

CLASS OF 2014 middle linebacker prospect Joe Provenzano out of La Verne, Calif. just wrapped up a productive unofficial visit to Oregon State…

Joe Provenzano out of Damien High isn't wasting any time exploring his collegiate options. he has already taken a few unofficials in advance of his senior season.

The 6-0, 210 pound prospect recently attended the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp as well as a few 7on7 events, and has visited the campuses of Oregon State, Purdue, and Portland State.

"When I went to the Oregon NFTC, I took unofficial visits to Portland State and to Oregon State, and I talked with Coach [Mike] Riley a bit, and that went well. I also took an unofficial visit to Purdue when I was visiting my family in Indiana, and that went extremely well," he said.

While in Corvalis, Provenzano had the opportunity to explore campus and was a fan of the school's athletic facilities.

"The campus is great; I liked that the stadium was on campus and that all the football facilities were by the stadium," he said.

Provenzano left the Beavers' campus on a positive note.

"Coach Riley said he was going to take a look at my film, so I'm looking forward to hearing back from him. He seems like a really good coach, just excited about everything," he said.

The Purdue trip went equally well, as Provenzano was also keen on West Lafayette.

"I liked the area around Purdue. It wasn't too big a city, but I liked the environment. I also liked their stadium and their indoor facility, which was attached to their weight room. It was really nice," he said.

Provenzano has also visited The University of San Diego and hopes to take an unofficial visit to San Diego State soon.

Though proximity isn't a total issue for the recruit, he does hope to stay relatively near home.

"If I could stay close to home, it'd be a plus, but I would go to the midwest. I just want to be close enough to come back and visit every once in a while," he said.

Though he is receiving letters and emails, Provenzano, who "pretty much only play[s] linebacker" is focused on the upcoming season and improving his game as much as he can throughout the summer.

"I've been working with B2G, Prime Time Polynesian, and I just started working with Body by Tre. I've been working out with them twice a week, working on my explosiveness and my quickness," he said.

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