Nittany Lion fans may be wondering how a prospect from a nontraditional recruiting area like Utah became interested in Penn State, a school about 2,000 miles away. In fact, the Utah-Penn State connection was made by Penn State defensive backs coach Brian Norwood and Lopati's father. The two played college football together at Hawaii, where Lopati's father played slot back and Norwood was a defensive back.
[Coach Norwood] played with my dad in Hawaii, Lopati said. Since then, my dad has been giving him info and stuff. Brian Norwood is pretty much the only one in contact with me from Penn State.
Lopati and his father took an unofficial visit to Penn State this past season during the weekend of the Wisconsin game. Lopati said he came away very impressed with Happy Valley.
It was a great experience just to see how it's done at the college level, Lopati said. Just the history of Penn State, everything about it from football to academics. Everything about it is good.
In college, Lopati said his preference is to play strong safety, although he has not rules out moving to another position.
To tell you the truth, I really don't know, Lopati said. I'd like to play [strong safety], but I don't know. If I got recruited to play something else, that's fine with me.