PA Athlete Talks About Visit

Nate Schiccatano took an unofficial visit to Penn State this past Saturday, to watch the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes battle. He talks about his visit, and where Penn State ranks among his top teams right now.

Name: Nate Schiccatano
Position: Athlete
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.38 (his fastest time, timed at school)
Bench Press: 360 pounds
School: Southern Columbia High School, Catawissa, PA (9-0 record so far this season)

Nate Schiccatano is a terrific athlete, capable of playing several different positions at the Division I level.  He is being coveted by big-time programs all across the country, a fact made evident by the number of scholarship offers he has received.

"I had over 40," Nate said.  "It got to a point where schools said that if I showed interest, they'd offer me."

Penn State is one of the many teams that have offered Nate, but one of only a select few that remain under consideration by Schiccatano.

"Penn State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, there's probably a couple more," Nate said when asked which teams are still in the running.

Ohio State is also in that group.

"Ohio State's coach came to school on Friday, and they were at my game Friday night.  [It was] Coach Spencer, the running backs coach."

According to Nate, most schools, including Penn State, are recruiting him as a running back, his favorite position.

"Mostly, I'm getting recruited as a running back," he said.  "At first, [Penn State was] recruiting me as an athlete, but now that they need running backs, they're recruiting me as a running back."

Nate would like to play running back in college.

"Right now, yeah, but if I had a better opportunity to get on the field quicker at a different position, I'd move."

Nate attended the Penn State game against Ohio State this past weekend with his father and cousin.

"I thought it was a very exciting game.  It kind of reminded me of 2 years ago when I went to see Penn State play, when Lavar and Courtney Brown and them were playing.  The excitement is back there at the stadium with the fans and all.

"After the game, it was just exciting being in the locker room with the players, seeing the press conference, and just watching history in the making.  It was just a great feeling.

He enjoyed the post-game celebration of Joe Paterno's record-breaking win as well.

"They had Paterno up on a platform on the 50-yard line with his family.  They showed a video on the big screen, [of him] coaching and stuff when he was younger, and then he spoke a little bit.  It was a real exciting game."

"I talked to the coaches after the game, Coach Ganter, Coach Anderson, almost everybody actually, those 2 the most."

Penn State has definitely made Nate aware that he is needed.

"[They told me] that they'll be losing McCoo and Easy this year, and that the only running back they'll have back with experience is Johnson, so they're looking for somebody to play early."

Nate also mentioned that he got a chance to talk with Mark Farris and his dad, who were also in attendance.  Nate rated the unofficial visit very highly.

"It was up there, probably a 9."

Penn State is apparently one of Nate's favorite schools right now.

"I'd say they're right up there in the top, maybe 2 [teams]."

Many believe the recruiting battle for Nate will come down to 2 teams, Notre Dame and Penn State.  That is not necessarily the case.

"It's kind of hard to say really.  I don't know.  It's kind of hard to say if Notre Dame is up there still, with the turmoil going on and stuff.  I just want to wait and see what's going to happen with that situation, if they're going to have a coaching change, or what's going to happen.  I've developed great relationships with the coaches, and if they're all going to leave, I don't know who they're going to bring in and all.  I've heard rumors that they're going to go, but when I talk to them, they say there going to be there, that they're not going anywhere.  Coach Davie signed a 5-year contract this year."

Nate is hoping to make a decision by the end of the year.

"I'm aiming for before Christmas, hopefully.  Right now, I'm planning on only taking about 3 visits.  They usually say that if you take 4 or 5 visits, it gets hard, that they all seem the same, and you forget from your first visit to your last visit."

Nate is not sure if he will use one of those official visits to revisit Penn State.

"I'm really not sure, because I've been up there a lot of times for unofficial visits.  I'm really not sure if I'll take one there or not."

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