Lineman working his way onto the radar screen

The University of Pittsburgh has prospered from mining Kiski Area High School the last few years. The Panthers have acquired Scott and Chris McKillop, two of the best athletes in Western Pennsylvania. The first commitment of the Class of 2004 was Kiski product and fine safety prospect Adam Gunn. The Cavaliers only return 2 starters on offense from a squad that finished 6-4 in the tough WPIAL Quad South Conference.

One of those returning starters is OL Jason Calorio (6-2, 275, 5.2) of Kiski Area High School in Vandergrift, PA. Jason was Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2003 and was voted as his team's best offensive lineman. Jason doesn't possess the ideal height as other lineman, but he is working in the weight room and is hoping that good showings at local camps and at the MSL/Insiders Combine will eventually lead to a scholarship offer.

Jason has been getting mail from Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, Boston College, Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, Akron, and Miami-OH. His favorites are Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Texas, and Ohio State. He has taken an unofficial trip to Youngstown State for their junior days.

Are you a better pass blocker or run blocker?

"I'd say right now I'm better at pass blocking," said Calorio.

What are the most important things you are looking for in a college?

"Location, the education I will get, and if they do well in football."

Do you participate in any other sports?

"I wrestle. I was 12-0 on the Junior Varsity team this year and I pinned 9 of my opponents."

So, have you wrestled Scott McKillop at Practice?

"Mac is a freak of nature. I didn't wrestle him too much and he usually wrestled against faster kids."

Calorio will take part in the AK Recruiting Showcase and Metro-Index this month, as well as the MSL/Insiders Combine. He has a max bench of 320 lbs. and a max squat of 450 lbs. Jason carries a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and will take his SATs on June 5th.

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