||West Deptford HS, Westville, NJ
Anthony Scirrotto is a highly recruited two sport athlete. Last
season he played QB and DB and led West Deptford to an undefeated season and
the South Jersey Group II championship. Anthony threw for 949 yards
including 12 touchdown passes while also rushing for over 500 yards and 10
touchdowns. On defense he nabbed 6 interceptions, raising his career total
to 21, and participated in 80 tackles.
In baseball, he plays shortstop and pitches occasionally and is being
recruited by major schools on the diamond as well. Scirrotto hits for both
average and power and has shown his speed on the base paths, stealing 45
bases without being caught before being thrown out in a recent game.
On top of it all, Anthony is a very good student with a 5.17 average (5.0
scale) and 1110 on his SATS. He has already received scholarship offers from
Stanford. Is anyone else close
Has he taken any visits yet? "I was at
Rutgers last month and I was at
Penn State a week ago (both for junior days). I was supposed to go to the
Nike combine there, but I had a baseball tournament the next day so I
couldn't attend that."
Is Rutgers interested? "I hear from Coach Schiano a lot. It's a nice place,
I like it there." But they haven't offered yet? "No."
How did the visit go at Penn State?
"I went with my dad and my brother. It was real nice. We got there early, so
we sat and watched a baseball game. Then I met up with Coach Vanderlinden.
They took us on a tour of the facilities first and then we toured the
campus. They took us into the stadium and had a barbecue. They actually let
us run through the tunnel and go on the field and check it out and see what
it would be like.
"We also met Joe Paterno. He actually sat down at my table and was eating
with me a little bit. I sat down with the defensive back coach and watched
some game films. It was the safeties coach (Brian Norwood). It was pretty
We asked Scirrotto who was recruiting him the hardest.
He told us, "Penn State, really hard. Stanford, really hard.
Anthony is being recruited by Ron Vanderlinden. What has Coach Vanderlinden
said about the possibility of an offer?
"Coach Vanderlinden said if he could he would offer me right now. Coach
Paterno wanted to see me in person before anything was set. They saw me. I
don't know how it's going from there. But hopefully I get one soon."
What did Joe Paterno talk to you about?
"He said that he actually watched my highlight film and he doesn't watch a
lot of film. He was impressed with it. Hopefully, if I was interested maybe
I could become a Nittany Lion."
Any other visits planned?
"I would love to go out to Stanford. I was just talking to the coach about
that a little earlier. Hopefully, I'm going to go to
Virginia and go to a camp in
the middle of June. Maryland is having a camp that I might be attending in
Have you heard much from Virginia?
"Yeah. Coach Groh. I hear from him a lot. He actually came to watch me play
Do you want to play both football and baseball in college?
"If I had the opportunity to play both, I definitely would. If it's one, its
going to be football."
What teams stand out to you right now?
"Penn State. I really liked it there. Stanford. If I want to stay close I'm
leaning more toward Penn State or Maryland or Virginia. If I want to go away
it's definitely going to be Stanford."
What's your thinking on staying home vs. going away?
"It's kind of in the middle right now. Most of my family is around here.
But, we've had family live in
What do you like about Penn State?
"I just like the atmosphere. Everything revolves around football. The
stadium was beautiful, it was so big. All the fans that go there. Joe
Paterno. Just to see him and shake his hand was an honor. Just because he's
such a respected person and coach. In college football he's a legend. It was
just great to get up there."
How about Stanford?
"I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it's beautiful. The mountains, beach, all
in one area. People like John Elway playing at Stanford. They've got the #1
team in the nation for baseball. And, their academics are great. If I go
there, I'll probably be playing both (baseball and football)."
Do you have a timetable for making a decision?
"I'm not going to commit early. I'm to take my time and make sure the
decision I make is the one that's best for me."