NJ Corner Has 3 Offers

<b>Leo Ferrine</b>, an athletic cornerback prospect from East Orange, New Jersey, and a relative of Coach Brian Norwood, names his favorites and talks about his level of interest in the Nittany Lions.

Name: Leo Ferrine
Position: CB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.38
Hometown/School: Essex Catholic HS, East Orange, NJ

Leo played cornerback and wide-receiver for Essex Catholic last season and returned punts and kickoffs as well. On offense, he caught 23 passes for 540 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, Ferrine had 55 tackles and 6 interceptions. He also returned both a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

At the Penn State Nike Camp last month, Leo measured 6-feet in socks. He lept 35" in the vertical jump, but did not test in the 40-yard dash.

"I messed up my hamstring, so all I did was the vertical," Leo explained. "I ran a 4.38 though on grass at a high school in Virginia this year."

Ferrine is being recruited to play cornerback in college. Which teams seem most interested?

"Georgia Tech, Indiana, Notre Dame, Virginia, Tennessee and Boston College. Virginia, Rutgers and Hofstra have offered."

Leo's father and Penn State Coach Brian Norwood are cousins. Has he heard from the Nittany Lions recently?

"I've heard some from Penn State. I'd say last week, maybe four days ago, was the last time I talked to them."

Tom Bradley is recruiting Ferrine for Penn State.

"I like [Penn State] very much. Other than the cold weather, because that's not something I like very much, it's a nice campus. The stadium's huge and it's a nice atmosphere. I saw some of the freshmen that are there now and they were friendly, so I kind of liked it.

"I was at Penn State for the Blue-White game with my father and some of my other teammates (Nhemie Theodore, James Tindal, Anthony Gaskins) and their parents. They took us around the campus and then we got to see the game. I met some of the players the next day. I met a defensive back (Maurice Humphrey) because he was from dad's home town in Connecticut. He was nice and I met three other freshmen that were his friends. They were also nice."

The Nittany Lions find themselves on Ferrine's list of favorites along with Virginia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

Anyone else appear close to offering him a scholarship?

"Georgia Tech, Penn State, Iowa's starting to send me a lot of things, probably 4 letters a day."

Leo does not favor one particular school although location may prove to be an advantage for the Cavaliers.

"I have family down south in Virginia. I like that weather more than what it is up here because it gets cold playing football up here.

"[Al Golden] came to my school two and a half weeks ago and said that if I go to his one-day camp on June 20-something that he was going to [offer]."

Is he planning to go?

"Most likely, yeah, probably. I went last year because we had a kid (Marvin Richardson) from my school that's going to Virginia this year, so we all went."

So far Leo has only visited Rutgers, Virginia and Penn State. He will travel down to Georgia Tech on June 7.

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