New York Passer Set for Penn State Camp

The sophomore quarterback will make his second trip to University Park this year Sunday for the Lions' first summer camp of 2014.

Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas sophomore quarterback Jake Zembiec threw for plenty of colleges during a busy spring. He'll throw for even more this summer.

The sophomore passer has yet to secure his first offer, but by making trips to Penn State, Michigan State, Alabama, Florida State and Oklahoma State (at the very least), he's hoping to do so.

"I definitely evolved in the recruiting process," Zembiec said of his improvements this off-season. "[College coaches] can only talk to me right now and correct me so much [due to NCAA rules] so there really hasn't been much critiquing.

"I've spent the three hours a night on the phone talking to coaches, though, and I know I have to be ready to throw at all times."

College coaches are able to offer pointers during camps, however, and the sophomore will make his first stop June 8 at University Park. Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and offensive line coach Herb Hand swung by his school in April, and he has steadily built a relationship with both first-year assistants since.

"They said they felt that I was the best one that they saw throw," Zembiec said. "Coach Rahne, he's really excited to work with me when I come down.

"We should work together; that should be pretty easy because he's a good guy, an energetic guy, and knows his stuff. We'll already have a jump start, which is always good."

Zembiec visited Penn State in mid-March, which offered an opportunity to meet head coach James Franklin and the rest of his staff for the first time.

The quarterback said he immediately noticed the energy with which the staff operated, and that is drawing him to show interest in the Nittany Lions.

"The coaches really attracted me the most. Coach Hand and Coach Rahne, they were awesome. And Coach Franklin … there is just so much energy with the new group, and that's probably the biggest piece right now around Penn State."

"The coaches really attracted me the most," Zembiec said. "Coach Hand and Coach Rahne, they were awesome. And Coach Franklin … there is just so much energy with the new group, and that's probably the biggest piece right now around Penn State."

Penn State is still evaluating a quality crop of regional quarterback talent, but whether or not an offer is presented at the end of the one day camp, the Zembiec said he is hoping to show the staff his skills above all else.

"I just want to show them once again that I can make all the throws," he said. "On the run, play action and everything. The good things about working with [Rahne], for example, is that he told me about lining up in shotgun and switching your feet up.

"It's little things like that, which you might not see on TV, that really help."


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