Camping Part of Process for Pa. Wiz

It's a rarity for a four-star prospect with more than 20 offers attending summer camps. But then again, Stefen Wisniewski defies logic. He has been to three camps over the past month. The nation's 10th-ranked offensive lineman has narrowed his choices to four schools and has a perfectly good reason for going camping.

"You get a feel for that coach's style and how he works," Wisniewski said. "You get a hands-on feel for each coach's style that way."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Pittsburgh Central Catholic product has attended camps at Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State recently. He recently took time out of his hectic schedule to tell us how the camping trips have gone and what the future has in store for him. The talented lineman has trimmed his list to Penn State, Michigan, Boston College and North Carolina.

"At Michigan I went for one day and I liked it a lot," Wisniewski said. "I was working with Coach [Andy] Moeller. I think I did pretty well there. I got a chance to see the campus and I liked what I saw.

"The Penn State camp was more of a vacation, my dad always works the Second Mile Golf Tournament around that time," Wisniewski added. "I did well there and had the chance to work with Dick Anderson, their offensive line coach. I worked and had the chance to hang out.

Wisniewski has not camped at Boston College or North Carolina, but he still intends on visiting each school. "I am planning on visiting both schools before we start camp in August."

Wisniewski still maintains that although he is a Nittany Lion legacy -- his father (Leo) and uncle (Steve) both starred for Joe Paterno -- that does not make him a lock to play at Happy Valley.

"Earlier in the process most of the coaches thought it was a done deal that I would attend Penn State, but I told them I am open," he said. "I just want to go to the place that fits me best."

An academic standout as well as a highly touted football prospect, Wisniewski also mentions that it is possible that he may graduate high school early.

"It is a very good possibility," he said. "I think it would be a big help as far as school is concerned. I could redshirt and get a master's degree before I leave, which is very important to me. I plan on majoring in business or engineering."

Pittsburgh Central Catholic returns many experienced players this year and the athletes have high expectations for themselves.

"We expect with the talent that we have, if we work hard we want to try to win a state championship."

Wisniewski is currently planning a decision this winter.

"Right now, I am planning on taking some visits and I'll probably decide in November or December," he said.


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