Ferrara Talks About PSU

<P>Penn State has offered scholarships to a few New York athletes this year. One recipient is Staten Island native John Ferrara. The Monsignor Farrell junior received his offer shortly after signing day. Since then, he has collected offers from Rutgers and Duke.

Ferrara, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound standout, was thrilled when Penn State offered him his written scholarship when he visited for a junior day in February.

“Penn State is a great school that you see on TV all the time,” Ferrara said. “It was awesome; I was actually speechless when they offered.”

Brian Norwood, who is the defensive backs coach for the Nittany Lions, is the primary recruiter responsible for landing Ferrara.

“Coach Norwood told me that they were going to offer, and then when I went down there they made it official,” Ferrara said.

As for a position for Ferrara in college, that is not so clear cut. He has had interest in him as a tight end, offensive lineman, defensive tackle and defensive end. Which does he prefer?

“Most schools like me a defensive lineman,” Ferrara said. “I guess I would say either defensive end or tight end would be my favorite.”

The Nittany Lions made a favorable impression on Ferrara during his junior day visit.

“Their facilities are outstanding and I really liked the coaching staff there,” Ferrara said.

In 2004, Ferrara registered 83 tackles and 13 sacks. He earned first-team All-Borough, second-team All-City, New York Daily News All-City and Staten Island Advance All-Star honors.


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