Rutgers Looking at 2012 Pennsy QB

Rutgers list of prospects for the class of 2012 include a 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Tryone (Pa.) High, who is also getting interest from Penn State and Pittsburgh. Franco spoke with about his recruitment, his knowledge of the Scarlet Knights and his favorite school growing up.

Rutgers is casting a wide net on the 2012 recruiting class, but one interesting prospect is a quarterback from western Pennsylvania who is getting quite a look.

Steve Franco, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Tyrone (Pa.) High, is getting interest strong interest from the Scarlet Knights, Pittsburgh and Penn State, but the strong-armed junior's recruitment is just beginning.

"Right now Penn State has been sending me a whole bunch of stuff, and they've invited me to their home games," Franco said. "Rutgers has sent me a decent about of stuff and Pitt. Penn State is the most. They've sent me a pretty good amount of things, and they've sent me a couple hand-written letters."

In Tyrone's 3-0 start, Franco is 29 of 44 (65.9 percent) for 489 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

"I like throwing the ball down field, and a lot of our routes are pretty long, and I like to make the receivers make plays," Franco said. "The routes that are 20, 25 yards long, those are the passes I like the most."

Franco acknowledges his favorite school is Notre Dame, but growing up 20 minutes from the Penn State campus also makes the Nittany Lions popular in his household.

And since his father, John, is the head coach at Tyrone, he knows the Penn State staff well. "Penn State is the only camp I've been to," Steve Franco said, "but I'm probably going to go to a lot more after this season."

When it comes to Rutgers, Franco's knowledge is limited.

"I know about seven years I never really heard anything about them, but they kind of developed into a solid team the past couple of years," Franco said. "But I don't really know much about them as a team, a college."

Pittsburgh is in the same situation.

"Other than just watching them, I wouldn't say I know a lot about them," Franco said. "I know we had a kid (Doug Roseberry) from our school go there and walk-on and become a captain of the special teams. He went there and played there for four years and liked it.

"I know they're definitely on the rise. They've been getting a lot of really good players, like Dion Lewis, and they're definitely on the rise. I know that."

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