Passing Interest in QB

PITTSBURGH — While college-football recruiters flocked to Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic High to look at highly touted receiver Nick Sukay last season, they were also treated to talented quarterback Cody Catalina. As a junior, Catalina completed nearly 50 percent of his passes for 1,354 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-4, 192-pounder opened some eyes with his strong arm and leadership abilities, as the Centurions lost to eventual state champ South Park in the WPIAL title game.

Catalina also excelled at the All-American Combine March 4 at Pitt’s UPMC Sports Complex, and he talked about his college prospects.

“I like Penn State and Pitt a lot,’’ Catalina said. “Pitt, I watched them a lot growing up around here, but I really liked it when I went to Penn State [for an unofficial visit last fall]. It was nice. Right now, I’m just enjoying the attention from Division I schools. To play D-I football, on national television, that would be a great thing to do.’’

Along with Penn State and Pitt, Catalina has received interest from Syracuse, Akron and West Virginia. None have given him a scholarship offer yet, but he hopes to get one soon as he takes more visits.

“We went to the Penn State-Ohio State game,’’ Catalina said. “It was wild. What game. It was a great experience. That stadium is something else. It would be great to play in that place in front of all those fans.’’

Catalina ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds and covered the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.44 at the Scout Combine. He had a vertical leap of 38 inches and added a standing broad jump of nine feet. A three-cone run time was not reported.


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