Calabrese Talks Penn State Visit

Get the lowdown on what went down on the New Jersey linebacker's extended trip to Happy Valley.

Verona, N.J., linebacker prospect Carlo Calabrese visited Penn State this past weekend for its second Junior Day of 2008. Calabrese even showed up on campus a day early to get some extra research done on the Nittany Lions.

Calabrese did not receive a scholarship offer on the visit, but the trip was still very informative.

“I got up to Penn State on Friday around 1 p.m.,” Calabrese said. “I went to talk with the academics [people]. We talked about the classes that they have and the academic support and tutors that they can provide. I am unsure about what I want to major in, but I do value academics first and foremost so that was a good discussion. They told me how important graduating football players was to them and that was really important to me because academics come first.

“After that, we went to the weight room to talk with the weight training coaches,” he added. “They just told me about the weight program and what they do as well as what they expect out of the players.”

“The next day was Junior Day,” he continues said. “They brought us all together and we watched a highlight film about Penn State. Then they took us to the stadium to watch a scrimmage. The scrimmage was really cool to watch. The speed in the game is a big step up and the linebackers were really hitting hard.”

Things were just getting warmed up for the visitors.

“We then had lunch up at the top of the stadium, which was really cool,” Calabrese said. “Then we went back to the football building and everyone went to talk to the academic [people] and the weight training staff, which I had already done the day before.

“After that, we were split up by position and had a meeting with our position coaches,” he added. “I went with the linebackers and we watched a film about Linebacker U.

“We were then able to sit down with eight or 10 players and all the coaches left and we were able to ask them any questions we wanted to ask,” he continue. “We asked questions like what the jump was like from high school to college on the field and how they split time between classes, lifting, practice -- and all that type of stuff.”

Then the tour wrapped up.

“Coach Joe Paterno then came in and talked to us all for a while and that was about it,” Calabrese said. “It was a pretty good visit, but I didn't come away with an offer. They told me that they would be in touch and all of that. I still like Penn State and they are near the top of my list, but some other schools have already offered and have been on me since the beginning.”

Calabrese will be heading to Florida this coming weekend for its spring game. He also has spring break coming up, when he will be able to visit some other schools that he has not had the opportunity to check out yet.

Look for more on Calabrese in the coming weeks as he takes more visits.


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