PA Athlete knows how to overcome adversity

After scoring 2 touchdowns in his team's first game of 2003, he was set to have a big season. Then in his team's second game of the season, FB/LB Mitch Morsillo, 6-0, 240, 4.7, suffered a season-ending injury. Mitch had a severe separation of his shoulder, an injury that required surgery to correct.

Morsillo is part of a very successful program at Moon Area High School, which is coached by Mark Capuano. The injury may have scared some schools away for now but Mitch is still hearing from Pittsburgh, Michigan, Virginia, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Notre Dame. Mitch has family ties with the University of Pittsburgh, as his father Jim Morsillo was a guard for Pitt from 1976-1979. Will being a legacy sway Mitch towards Pittsburgh?

"My dad would like me to go to Pittsburgh, but I'm sure he'll be happy as long as he can watch me play," said Mitch Morsillo.

"I grew up on Pittsburgh sports since I was a little kid."

His favorites so far include Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Virginia. Mitch has attended Blue Chip day at Pittsburgh and was also in attendance for the Blue/Gold Spring Game. He has taken unofficial visits to Michigan, Virginia, and Penn State. He will make his way to State College for the Nike Combine on May 15th. This summer his camp plans are unofficial as of yet, but some possible destinations are Penn State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Metro-Index, and the Adidas Camp at Notre Dame.

Morsillo is a very accomplished track athlete; he is one of the best shot put throwers in the state. Last season his best throw was 53' 11", as he earned a medal at the PIAA Track and Field Championships for his 8th place finish. He also finished 2nd in the WPIAL, and 4th in the WPIAL as a freshman. This year Mitch threw 54" in his first meet. Numbers like this are the reason he's one of the odds on favorites for medal competition this spring.

What qualities stand out to Mitch about some of his favorites?

Penn State/Michigan - "Who wouldn't want to walk out on the field in front of 110,000 people?"

Pittsburgh - "The academics really stood out to me, and the facilities are the best that I have seen."

During his trip to Pittsburgh for Blue Chip Day, what did Mitch notice about the differences between high school and college ball?

"The contact, practice in college is like a game in high school. Everything is full-tilt first team against first team. The speed of the game is very different, college is a lot faster."

Another selling point for Pittsburgh is Mitch's love for the Steelers, and one of his favorite players Dan Kreider.

"I've always loved the Steelers and I love the way Dan Kreider blocks."

My last question to Mitch during our interview was for him to describe his style of play, and he had one of the better answers I've heard from a recruit.

"I'll knock your head off, I am a head hunter. I come after you 100% every play. I am very tenacious."

Mitch is 100% ready to go after his injury. With a solid season he could become a very hot commodity this fall. He is no slouch in the weightroom with a 385 lb. bench max, and a 450 lb. squat. Morsillo holds his own in the classroom as well with a 3.3/4.0 GPA and he has scored 1160 on his SATS already.

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