QB Greg Panelli Has Cinci and SJSU on Top

With three seniors leaving after this year San Jose State is in definite need of quarterback depth for the 2010 season. One prospect that could come in this fall is Greg Panelli of Modesto (Calif) Junior College. Two schools are in the hunt for the big QB - one from the Big East and one from the Western Athletic Conference

JCFootball.com recently reported that quarterback Greg Panelli of Modesto (Calif) Junior College was waiting on an offer from the University of Cincinnati. In all likelihood once that offer came through Panelli would end his recruitment and pledge to the Bearcats. However, an offer has yet to materialize.

"I've emailed the coaches and called to find out what's happening, but they haven't gotten back to me yet," Panelli told Inside Sparta on Monday.

In his freshman year at Modesto, Panelli completed 58-percent of his passes for 2,200 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine touchdowns. The Pirates finished 8-3 on the season.

San Jose State is also in the running for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound drop-back passer. Panelli said Defensive line coach Joe Salave'a has been by to discuss things with Pirate head coach Sam Young.

"I know they have three seniors this year so they're going to need someone," he said. "I like the WAC, it looks like a fun conference to play in. Our defensive back coach (Drew Brown) went to San Jose State and knows the QB coach (Terry Malley)."

Panelli is anxious to get things moving. He reports that he has four years to play three, and is looking to get into a program in the fall and use his redshirt year, then head into spring competing for the starting job.

SJSU will most likely desire having an experienced tandem for 2010. As it stands junior Jordan La Secla is the only experienced underclassman on the roster. Incoming freshman Dasmen Stewart of Oxnard should reshirt, so the Spartan staff will want to get a JUCO QB in to compete with La Secla, with one ending up as the backup.

Describing himself as primarily a drop-back QB, Panelli favors the Cincinnati style of play.

"I just think it's an offense that I could fit into," he said. "They don't run the ball a lot. I can run, but it's not by best suit."

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