Rising Senior Camp Recap: Day 1

Day one of the Penn State Rising Senior camp is in the books. Fight On State talked to several prospects and commits to help keep you updated on exactly how the camp is going.

Penn State's annual Rising Senior camp kicked off Friday afternoon -- and seems like the news from Happy Valley is pretty positive.

Perhaps the best quote of the day comes from Penn State's first 2012 commit, Howland HS OT Anthony Stanko.

"I had a great time at the camp today," Anthony said. "I learned a ton, and I am finally sure that Penn State is perfect. I had a shadow of a doubt about the coaches because I hadn't had them work with me before."

He continued, "But Coach Anderson and Coach Kenney are awesome. Coach Kenney is very serious and knows what he is talking about, like all the coaches here, but he is hilarious too."

But the coaching staff isn't the only reason why Stanko is enjoying his visit.

"I met a couple of nice guys too," Stanko said. "One of them is a tackle from Colorado, and I think if he commits we could easily become good friends."

And that OT from Colorado?

"It's Joey [O'Conner], and he loves Penn State, he is a well rounded kid too."

Stanko isn't the only one that is excited about meeting some of his potential future teammates, so PSU's second 2012 commit, West Roxbury HS LB Camren Williams.

"I'll talk to Will Mahone, Joey O'Conner," Williams said of his plans tomorrow. "And I'll meet Anthony Stanko in person for the first time, so I'm excited."

Williams made the trek with another important target for the Lions, teammate Armani Reeves.

"Camp was good, I didn't do anything today," Williams said. "I'll do everything tomorrow, I got in at like 7 this evening so I just went to the second practice and watched and hung out with the coaches and stuff, so it went well."

According to fellow LB prospect, T.J. White -- things went pretty well on the field.

"It went great, hoping I can pull in an offer tomorrow," White said. "I thought that Coach Vanderlinden liked me, and I hope that is reality."

And how about sizing the competition at LB?

"I think there were some," White said of talented linebackers. "Not too many. I think I'm definitely at the top of the crew."

Another position that was expected to be big at the Rising Senior camp is Defensive back. Top DB prosepect Michael Westray reflects on the experience so far.

"It had pretty fair competition," Westray said. "I just hope I stood out. I was really focused, I wasn't really paying attention to anyone else."

He continued, "I presented myself very well actually, I just hope I get that offer."

Some other notes from the day: Reeves and Williams will take part in all the drills tomorrow. Another big name that will be attending, is Will Mahone -- he will be arriving tomorrow to camp.


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