LB Colasanti Likes PSU

It's still early, but Chris Colasanti has already experienced quite a bit in his recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior linebacker prospect from Brother Rice High in Birmingham, Mich., will undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after players at his position heading into next season.

Extremely humble and well-spoken, Colasanti discussed the preliminary stages of his recruiting process, which has already seen him receive offers from some of the nation's elite college football programs.

“It's been happening fast,” Chris Colasanti said. “I never thought it was going to be this way. With offers and everything, I'm like, 'why do they want me?' It's just happened so fast. It feels great that those colleges would even consider me.”

Currently, Colasanti has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, Boston College, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. He is also receiving heavy interest from Penn State and Notre Dame.

Is Colasanti hoping the Nittany Lions offer?

“I hope so,” Colasanti said. “But I'm not totally sure. When I went there for camp last year, they said that they would probably be offering me. But ever since then, I don't know. I'm not sure about them offering. They used to be more in touch with me, but not so much.”

Colasanti said that he has received a text message from Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, which seemed to indicate that the Nittany Lions' staff is extremely interested in the Michigan prospect.

“Coach Vanderlinden did text message me, I asked if he watched my film,” he said. “He said that I'm a great player and he hopes to coach me someday. I took that as a positive. With that, I hope that they offer me.”

Colasanti made the trip to Happy Valley last summer for Penn State's camp and came away very impressed.

“Ever since I went to camp there, I just loved the atmosphere,” Colasanti said. “I love the fact it's 'Linebacker U.' I love Coach Vanderlinden. He's a great coach. He's easy to talk to. If I play football, I'm going to be there for four years and just be there all year round.”

Beyond the atmosphere at Penn State, Colasanti said he also has a deep respect for two of the Nittany Lions' current linebackers.

“I've always looked up to Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny,” Colasanti added. “Both are really my idols.”

Without an offer yet, it may seem that Penn State is on the outside looking in for the services of Colasanti. However, he indicated that Penn State remains a favorite, although at this point, the there is no official list of favorites.

“Really, I'd have to say Penn State is at the top of my list, but really I'm not sure who my favorites are,” Colasanti said. “I'm going to visit a lot of schools. I'm going to see which ones fit me best and where I'll have an opportunity to play.”

Colasanti said he has already visited Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, and plans on taking a visit to Ohio State.

As for Penn State?

“I think I'm going to go to the Nike camp there, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to their junior day,” he said.

As for a projected position in college, the verdict is still out. Colasanti is big enough, athletic enough, strong enough and fast enough to play either inside or outside. In fact, he has played both in high school.

“Last year, I played middle linebacker, then one of our linebackers got hurt so I went to outside,” Colasanti said. “I think I can play either one.”

In the meantime, Colasanti said wants to reduce his 40-yard dash time. Currently, he has been clocked at 4.63, but he said he wants to get the time down to around 4.55.


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