Pennsylvania OL Stepoli Makes Rutgers Trip

Monessen (Pa.) High offenisve tackle Josh Stepoli took an unofficial visit to the Rutgers campus Saturday to watch a practice and speak with the coaching staff. Stepoli, who holds offers from Rutgers and Pittsburgh, spoke to about his visit, his plans for the rest of the spring, and whether he is appealing a WPIA ruling that has him ineligible for his senior season.

It was windy and cold, but it didn't keep Monessen (Pa.) High offensive lineman Josh Stepoli from enjoying his Saturday visit to Rutgers.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Stepoli made the trip with his dad, and was able to get a deep look into how the Scarlet Knights football program works.

"It went good," Stepoli said. "It was cold, so I wasn't outside on the field much, but they were practicing hard and there was a lot of intensity."

Stepoli holds offers from Rutgers and Pittsburgh, and is also getting recruited by West Virginia.

"I got a chance to speak with the offensive coordinator (Frank Cignetti) and the offensive line coach (Kyle Flood)," Stepoli said. "I got a chance to sit in with the offensive line for their meeting at 8 o'clock. That was good. I got to see the way the run the offense and watch film."

Stepoli added he also had an opportunity to speak with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

"He was talking about the team, and how they were practicing hard," Stepoli said.

One thing Stepoli noticed was how the Scarlet Knights used their offensive lineman, and how he could fit into the mix.

"They pull a lot, and I think I can move a lot and get up field to the linebackers," he said. "I think I can fit in there well."

Stepoli, who visited Rutgers for junior day in January, will make the a trip to West Virginia next weekend. He also took a trip to Pittsburgh this spring.

However, one thing impacting Stepoli's recruitment is his high school situation. He transferred from Greensburg (Pa.) Catholic High to Monessen High in the winter, and was ruled ineligible for the 2011 season because the WPIAL ruled he transferred, at least partially, because of athletics.

"We're appealing," Stepoli said. "I have to go to the state and have a hearing."

The PIAA will hear the case and issue a ruling. If the ruling isn't overturned, it means Stepoli will have to sit out his pivotal senior season, which could scare programs off.

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