2004 Recruiting Profile: Anthony Morelli (QB)

After a big time performance at the Nike Camp in Penn State last weekend, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills quarterback Anthony Morelli has seen a nice bump up in his recruitment with five new offers including two serious heavyweights. Here's the latest on Morelli including who leads and a new school who used to be on his list has found it's way back in his top five.

Morelli, 6-4, 208 pounds has the biggest arm of any quarterback we've seen in the country this year. He looked great at the Nike camp and is no worse than one of the top five quarterbacks in the class of 2004.

Morelli attended the Elite 11 as a ball boy last year and although just a rising junior, was one of the five most impressive quarterbacks at the camp. Over 20 college have now offered scholarships with five coming this past Monday.

"Florida State and Georgia both came by the school and offered me," Morelli said. "Things have been crazy around the school but it's been fun too. I'm enjoying the recruiting process right now and keeping everything in perspective."

With his pick of just about any school in the country, Morelli has a pretty solid top three right now but is not closing any doors on anyone.

"I'm focusing hard on UCLA, Pittsburgh and Ohio State," Morelli said. "Penn State and Iowa are also in my top five. I've been talking with Penn State lately and both of us kind of had some miscommunication going on. They offered me last year but I hadn't heard much from them recently so I didn't think they were that interested.

"They told me they heard I wasn't interested in them so that's why they weren't on me that hard. Now that there's mutual interest on both sides, I'm definitely looking at them. UCLA is my top school right now and I'll be taking an unofficial trip there May 23-26. I'm really looking forward to it, I had a great time in Southern CA at the Elite 11 last year and no school has been recruiting me as hard as them. Coach (Steve) Axman (QB coach) sends me handwritten letters every day and they don't have a lot of depth there right now.

"Pitt is right there as well. I've been there a ton of times and like Coach (Walt) Harris a lot. It would be great to make an early decision if I can but if not, I'll go through the process and take my time. I'm definitely not going to rush in to anything."


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