FOS Audio: Drew Astorino

At 5'11", and 175 lbs, Drew Astorino appears undersized at first glance, but there is no measure of the heart, and the Edinboro, PA native has opened many eyes at Big 33 practice this week. Read on to learn more about this future Nittany Lion, and listen to him tell the story in his own words of his roadmap to Happy Valley.

While Northwestern Pennsylvania is not generally considered to be a hotbed of Division I-A football talent, the area is certainly football crazed. The occasional big name recruit is treated as a hero, but the noteriety has not gone to the head of Drew Astorino.

The two-sport star has helped lead General McLaine High School in Edinboro to levels unseen in recent years, in both basketball, and in football where Astorino has played on both sides of the ball, at defensive back, and as a dual-threat quarterback/running back on the offense. Astorino rushed for more than 2000 yards in his junior and senior seasons, leading his Lancers to the 2006 PIAA AAA state championship in basketball, then duplicating the feat in football in the fall.

During Big 33 week, Astorino has earned the praises of assistant PA coach Tim Moncman of Liberty HS. Moncman coaches Northwestern bound Big 33 quarterback Dan Persa, but when asked to name the players who have stood out this week in Hershey, he immediately listed State College HS standout Nate Stupar, then without missing a beat mentioned Astorino, who he says is having a "very good week."

If practice is any indication, Pennsylvania will have Astorino on the field a lot on Saturday night. Rotating between slot receiver and defensive back, Astorino is also serving as holder for the Pennsylvania team, spotting the ball for Stupar's teammate, kicker Tom Kondash of State College. This is an ideal position for a versatile athlete, as several sets worked through in practice allow Astorino to call his own number and run or pass from the field goal/extra point set. Astorino is also on the kick coverage team, and is playing the left wing on the onside kick unit - charged with keeping the ball in play if it drifts too near the sideline.

Astorino took a few minutes away from his practice schedule to speak with FOS about his recruiting, the Big 33, and how he believes he will fit in at Penn State. After talking with Astorino, it is easy to see his level of dedication to the game, and how he carrys himself as a prototypical Nittany Lion.

FOS Audio: Astorino talks football

Fight On State Top Stories