|Position:||OL / DT|
|Bench Press:||"I haven't maxed out in a while. I was at about 335 last summer. I'm sure it's a little higher now."|
|School:||Sharpsville High, Sharpsville, PA|
Blase decided last month to fulfill a life-long dream and play for the Nittany Lions.
"It's as a preferred walk-on," Blase said. "I had offers from other schools, but I just chose Penn State, even if it is just as a walk-on. It's where I always wanted to play, so that's where I decided to go."
Did other schools offer Blase a scholarship?
"Miami of Ohio said they had one for me when I came down, but I didn't go. Youngstown State was going to offer, but I cancelled their visit. A lot of the small schools around here did. West Virginia and Marshall were looking at me pretty heavily, but I cancelled all of my visits when I committed.
"I couldn't turn down Penn State. My family and I have always been die-hards. I've always dreamed of playing there."
Blase was recruited by Tom Bradley and Mike McQueary. Jay Paterno also visited him at his school.
Much like the other Iorio on the Penn State roster, Joe Iorio (no relation), Blase will start out on the offensive line at the center position.
"They're going to try me at center first, then nose guard second. I wasn't a nose in high school, but they said that's where they'd use me if center didn't work out.
"I'm listed at 6'2", 275. Right now, I'm about 265. I lost a lot of weight playing basketball. I always do, but I put it back on before the start of the season."
Blase plays forward for his basketball team.
"I'm in track also, I throw the shot put and discus. I went to districts for shot last year. This was my first year. I threw 46'10.5" in districts. You need 50' for state. I was a baseball player for 2 years and then I switched to track last year, so I wasn't very good at it. Hopefully, I'll go to states this year."
Sharpsville finished the season 11-2.
"This was a disappointing year actually, we were going for it all. We're single A, the smallest school division. We lost 2 games short of the state title to Bishop Carroll."
Blase has been to Penn State a few times for football games, although he did not attend any games this past season.
He recently took his official visit to Penn State on February 10 with his parents and his sister. Blase thoroughly enjoyed his 2-day visit and is excited about the opportunity to play for the Nittany Lions.
"I can't wait. I'm going there to earn [a scholarship]. I'm going to give it a shot. They told me that 'we wouldn't ask you to do this if we didn't think you could earn a scholarship down the road'. We'll see what happens."