Stanko Talks Top Choices

Offensive guard Anthony Stanko led Howland (Ohio) High to a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and is feeling pretty good about Penn State.

Anthony Stanko, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound offensive guard, has cemented offers from Penn State, Northwestern, Stanford, WVU and Kent State.

The one he is most excited about, however, might be Penn State.

"My feelings on Penn State are really good," Stanko said. "I am going to visit March 18 for an unofficial visit."

When he arrives Friday he has a pretty good idea of what he wants to do.

"I want to check out all the practice facilities and the campus," Stanko said. "I already got to see the passion and energy of a Penn State White Out at the Michigan game this past year."

He continued, "I loved that, and I was thoroughly impressed."

Stanko has worked hard to get noticed by heavy-hitters like the Lions, namely by dropping over 20 pounds since football season.

"I have been trying to thin out," Stanko said. "I have gone from 320 in season to 297 today, and I continue to get stronger."

How did he do it?

"I lift Monday, Wednesday, Friday with the football team," Stanko said. "And I go to Jumpstretch — a rubber band resistance training exercise that works agility, flexibility, foot quickness and vertical jump."

Working on his diet as helped, too.

"I'm Italian, so of course I love spaghetti and meatballs," Stanko said. "But I eat baked chicken like four times a week. That's basically my diet plan — I like foods loaded with protein while having low fat."

Stanko carries over a 3.0 GPA and wants to study physical therapy in college. He hasn't had the chance to check out the PSU physical therapy program yet, but said he has plans to before he makes his college decision.

A decision that according to Stanko, won't be too far off.

"As far as my final decision goes, I am going to try and make my decision before my senior football season starts," Stanko said. "That way this year I can focus on having fun, leading and dominating."

Right now, things look pretty good for Penn State.

"Long story short, I love Penn State and they are in my top two choices, if not my top choice," Stanko said.

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