Verbal Will Take MD Visit

Chris Auletta, who verballed to Penn State in July, will take an official visit to Maryland this weekend. However, he is still very much committed to the Nittany Lions.

Name: Chris Auletta
Position: OT
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 310 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.2
Bench Press: 380 pounds
School: St. Anthony's High School, Huntington, NY

Chris took his official visit to Penn State this past weekend.

"It went well," the big lineman said.  "I got there Friday afternoon.  I spent the night with one of the players in his dormitory, but during the day, we went to academic meetings and all that stuff.  We ate dinner in the stadium on Saturday night.  For lunch on Saturday, I met with some of the history professors and the business teachers, so that was good.  I also met with Don Ferrell, the academic advisor."

Chris plans to major in History.

"E.Z. Smith was my host.  I spent a lot of time with him.  He likes it a lot."

Throughout the weekend, Chris and his father were able to spend a lot of time with the Penn State coaching staff.

"Every meal other than [the lunch with the professors] was with the coaches.  I visited with most all of them.  Coach Norwood is my recruiting coordinator and Coach Kenney is my line coach, so I was with those two a lot.  Joe Paterno was there a lot, so I got to see him a lot too.

"They showed me O-line videos, and then I had a meeting with Coach Kenney.  It was like a highlight film."

Is Chris still committed to Penn State?

"Yes I am."

Is he taking any other official visits?

"I'm taking one other visit to Maryland this week, December 14.  They're my second choice in case something would go wrong with Penn State, like the firing of coaches, or -- pretty much just that.  I committed because I like the school and I like the coaches, and if that faculty were to be gone, I would have to rethink my choice."

Barring such an occurrence, Chris is definitely set on becoming a Nittany Lion.

"Maryland knows this.  I've talked to them about that."

Chris has fully recovered from a MCL/ACL strain he suffered at the beginning of the season.  He was able to play a lot at the end of the season, and helped the Friars win the Catholic League Championship.

Chris plans to work hard to earn playing time at Penn State.

"In reality, as a freshman, I'm probably going to redshirt, and then I'll go from there.  I'm hoping that I'll play early, not like freshman year, but maybe by my second or third year.  I have to go there, do the work and make an impression."

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