Fagnano Joins Brother at PSU

Jared Fagnano never got the chance to play varsity football with his brother at Williamsport High School, so he couldn't pass up the chance to play college ball with him.

After red-shirting his first season at Akron (Ohio), Fagnano has decided to transfer to Penn State, joining his brother on the field for the first time in a long time.

"It's going to be pretty awesome playing with Jake, especially since I'll be on the scout team and he'll be back there fighting for a spot, so we might get a couple of reps against each other," Fagnano said.

Fagnano was set to enter his second camp as a Zip, but a new coaching staff sent a new message to the programs' walk-ons: They wouldn't be participating in any practices before school started. It was a tough message for Fagnano.

"I was ready to report for camp, and the coaches called all the walk-ons and said they would be holding us back for camp, and we could start when school starts, and that bothered me," Fagnano said.

"My brother found out, and wanted me to come play with him, and that put the wheels in motion."

And those wheels turned quick.

Not long after his conversation with his brother, Jake Fagnano made the Nittany Lion staff aware of his brothers' situation, and the staff informed him they'd check out Jared's highlight tape and let him know if they were interested. Once the staff decided they were, the Fagnano family sat down to make the final decision.

"At first I wasn't 100 percent sure that's what I wanted, because I liked Akron and I wasn't really sure if it was something for me or if they really wanted me," Jared Fagnano said.

"But they wanted me and needed guys, and it took off from there. I figured it was three hours closer to home, cheaper, and Penn State was always my top school and I always wanted to play there. That combined with getting to watch Jake every weekend made the decision for me."

At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Fagnano admits he's not going to be the fastest or tallest wide-receiver on the field. But with a soft set of hands and a work ethic to match his intensity, he fits the profile of players Bill O'Brien and his staff have been looking for.

"My dedication is one of my biggest strengths, and I'm never going to back down from anything or get pushed out of the way," Fagnano said.

"I'm not the fastest or tallest guy, but I'm a competitor, and I can catch passes."

After sitting out his first season at Penn State due to NCAA transfer rules, Fagnano will be a red-shirt sophomore when he can officially suit up for the Nittany Lions. In the meantime, his focus will be to do what he can to impress the coaches on the scout team, and maybe catch a pass against his brother.

"I won't start practicing until school starts, but I just want to go in there and compete; it's a great opportunity," Fagnano said.

"I'm sure I'm going to want to catch a few passes on my brother, and I'm sure he's going to want to put me in the dirt a couple of times, so it will be a great experience for both of us, and I'm excited about the opportunity."


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