Iowa LB Returns from Camp Tour

Bettendorf, Ia. linebacker Pat Angerer just returned from a camp tour that took him east, with his last stop at Penn State. Did he enjoy Happy Valley? Will an offer be coming from the Nittany Lions? Where does Penn State rank amongst his favorites?

Name: Pat Angerer
Position: OLB
Height: 6'0.5"
Weight: 202 pounds
40 Speed: 4.5 seconds
Hometown/School: Bettendorf, Ia. (Bettendorf HS)


The University of Iowa has been raiding Pennsylvania and stealing its talented high school football players under head coach Kirk Ferentz.  Now Penn State looks to reciprocate the favor, showing quite a bit of interest in Iowa prospects, hosting both West Des Moines tight end Trent Flander and Bettendorf outside linebacker Pat Angerer during this weekend's summer camp session.  LionNews caught up with Angerer, who just returned from Happy Valley after a camp tour that took him to Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana, and Penn State.

Pat arrived Thursday in State College with his parents before he would begin camp on Saturday.  What did he do to keep himself busy on Friday?

"I just hung, walked around town, and checked out the facilities and everything," explained Pat, who also met with the coaches, particularly linebacker coach, Ron Vanderlinden, and graduate assistant, Chris Achuff.

Amazed that he was one of approximately 1,000 campers, Pat had the rare opportunity to work individually with Coach Vanderlinden during the camp.

"I worked with him a lot--a lot of individual stuff, just me and him," said Pat, who put on an impressive performance for the coaches.  "I ran a 4.46, a 4.49 and a 4.50 forty.  That's a personal best for me.  I was pretty excited about that."

Checking in at 6'0.5'', 202lbs, Pat admitted that his weight was below normal this summer.

Despite visiting Penn State for the first time, Pat came away impressed by what the Nittany Lion football program and the university have to offer.

"It's pretty cool with a great atmosphere and great tradition.  They're known as Linebacker U., you can't go wrong with that."

"It was a lot better than I expected.  It was really nice," described Pat, despite not having the chance to meet Joe Paterno.

So far Pat has been offered by in-state schools Iowa and Iowa State, as well as Indiana and Northern Illinois.  Did the Penn State hint that an offer may soon be in his hand?

"They said they'll know by Thursday if they are going to offer me.  [The coaches] are going to have a meeting, I think the meeting's on Wednesday."

For now, Pat is done with his summer camping.  He said he will spend the coming weeks getting ready for his season, before he begins to plan his official visits this fall.

Has any school shown him enough to standout above the rest?

"Right now, Iowa State, but if Penn State offers they'll be right up there with Iowa State."

(Interview with Steve Curry)

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