|Hometown/School:||Shenandoah, PA (Shenandoah Valley HS)|
Frank Carduff started at offensive guard alongside Penn State recruit lineman Greg Harrison last year at Shenandoah Valley High School. Despite playing in Greg's rather large shadow, he earned plenty of recognition of his own as an offensive lineman, earning a 2nd team Class A All-State berth as a junior and an invitation to the Nike Camp after his sophomore season. Frank also plays defensive end. As a junior he registered 87 tackles, including 8 sacks, 7 other tackles for loss and 3 fumble recoveries. He played at 275 pounds last season after weighing 240 pounds as a sophomore. This year he will move to offensive tackle and is being counted on to anchor the offensive line.
LionNews had a chance to talk with Carduff late last week about his college prospects and interests. We asked Frank what college coaches seem to like about him. He told us, "I move really well for my size and I'm quick off the ball." What is he working on? "Strength and speed. Pretty much everything."
Carduff hasn't received any offers yet, but is attracting lots of interest from major schools. He is being recruited as an offensive lineman who can play either guard or tackle. What teams are showing interest?
"Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Stanford, Pitt, Iowa. I visited Iowa (Michigan game) and West Virginia (Rutgers, Pitt and Cincinnati) this past year during football games and Penn State (Minnesota game). I'm going up to Maryland (2/28) and Michigan (2/29) this weekend for junior days."
Are any other visits planned? "Penn State and West Virginia for junior days."
Who did he root for growing up? "Notre Dame I always liked." Has he heard from them? "A little, but not too much."
Does he have a favorite at this point?
"Not too much. Out of the places I visited I like West Virginia. I like the atmosphere. I like the coaches. I like the atmosphere of the games and the surroundings."
Has ex-teammate and super salesman Greg Harrison attempting to sway him toward Penn state?
"Yeah, he's telling me the coaches are asking about me. And he's helping me out with tips on what to do to get stronger and faster and stuff that they do. He's a lot of help."
Offensive line coach Dick Anderson is recruiting Carduff for Penn State. What is the level of Penn State's interest?
"I think pretty high. I can't say for sure, but I get a lot of stuff from them, like personal stuff. I like their facilities because they're all brand new and the coaches are awesome. Both line coaches, offensive and defensive.
We concluded by asking Frank about his plans for football camps this summer.
"I went to Penn State and Notre Dame last year. This year I'm going to go to West Virginia, Penn State and I think maybe Virginia."