N.J. LB/DB High on PSU

With interest from programs like Boston College, West Virginia, Iowa and Rutgers, Alex Silvestro is showing a strong interest in the Nittany Lions. See what the New Jersey linebacker/defensive back had to say about Penn State and his recruitment.

Linebacker/defensive end Alex Silvestro (6-foot-4, 225 pounds, 4.7 second/40), from Paulsboro (N.J.), said he favors Penn State and Rutgers (offer) slightly over Boston College, West Virginia and Iowa (offer).

"I'm real aggressive at getting to the ball. I want to work on everything, but mostly my speed by doing the parachutes and speed sled," Silvestro said.

"I like Penn State for a lot of reasons. They have a good football program with big wins. It's a team you get to watch on TV in Jersey because second to Rutgers, Jersey people love the Nittany Lions. It's also a great academic school and I like the campus a lot because it has a big stadium and a lot of school stores. It's also downtown. I went to a few games there last year. The coaches said that I came around late to be recruited hard, and that they have to wait to see if they can offer me," Silvestro said.

"Rutgers offered me first in the beginning of my junior year. It's the only Div 1 football college in New Jersey, and it's only an hour away from home. The team started doing pretty well just last year. Defensive end coach, (Phil) Galiano, has been recruiting me since the beginning. The campus had a great weight room and film room, and all the rest of the facilities were nice. I watched their spring practice and was invited to join the top 10 or 15 kids they're recruiting around April or May.

"Boston College coaches seemed cool. I met defensive line coach, (Keith) Willis, and we talked a lot when I was there for camp. He told me to call a week later, so I did, but he said that the staff has to see what other kids do with their offers before they can offer me. I like Boston College because it's a great academic school based on the top 25 poll in the nation and its graduation rate," Silvestro said.

"West Virginia had a good team last year. When I visited, I noticed that they have a ton of hills--which is just different from Jersey, not good or bad. The coaches toured me around the campus and everyone seemed very nice.

"Iowa is up there in academics, actually," he said. "It's pretty far away, so I haven't been able to visit and I couldn't tell you much about the school. But I've always been told they have great coaching, and recently for three years straight, I think they were top eight in the nation.

"I've gotten some letters recruiting me for wrestling, because I'm ranked fourth in Jersey State. But I couldn't tell you which schools want me--partly because I'm almost certain I'll only play football in college. I play basketball in high school too, but we have a bad team. In college, football practice will take up all my time anyway.

"I would rather stay close to home, and I would rather not have to take official visits. But if Penn State, Boston College, West Virginia or any other schools that haven't offered me don't end up offering by the beginning of my season, I'll really think about committing to one of the schools who have," he said.

Final junior season stats: 85 tackles, 5 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD.

Silvestro bench presses 390, squats 500 and has a 32" vertical jump.

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 970 SAT.


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