Close To A Commitment?

Anthony Vernaglia, the son of former Nittany Lion, Kip Vernaglia, addresses the rumor that he has already made a verbal commitment. Who leads for the versatile athlete?

Name: Anthony Vernaglia
Position: WR/LB/S
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 216 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Orange Coast, Ca. (Lutheran HS)

LionNews spoke with Anthony Tuesday evening to follow up on rumors that the California athlete had already made a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions.

"No, I haven't committed anywhere yet," Anthony said.

Vernaglia, however, does hope to make his final decision before the beginning of his senior football season.

He and his father visited UCLA a week ago for the first time.

"It was good.  It was a nice place, very nice campus.  The coaches are all cool and it's close to home.  It's about 40 minutes away."

Vernaglia does not have any other visits scheduled at this time although he is contemplating taking a trip to Arizona State.

Penn State and Virginia are still his favorites.

"They're still up there.  I think UCLA is pretty high up there too, probably just below them.  I have to think about it a little more."

Penn State: "It's got the little college town that I like.  I have a whole lot of family on the east coast.  Also, they have that honors school which is cool because they have good athletics and the academics to go with it.  I'd be playing for Joe Paterno, that's enough in itself right there.  I just like the place, it's huge.  Everyone's cool, I love the coaches.  The coaches are awesome."

Virginia:  "It's pretty much the same type of deal as Penn State.  It's just on a smaller scale, the school's just smaller.

"My family is right in between the two schools."

According to Anthony, UCLA and Virginia are recruiting him to play wide-receiver while Penn State is considering him at both wide-receiver and safety.


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