Family Affair For Tiano

Chattanooga (TN) quarterback Nick Tiano had a superb season in 2013 as a junior starter, and is looking to improve this offseason. Following his success this past season, Tiano has seen an increase in interest on the recruiting font.

Tiano, (6-5, 230 lbs.), who combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns, is seeing interest build from schools across the east coast.

"Everything is going pretty well, I'm just waiting on my first offer," Tiano said. "I think it'll come soon with camps over the summer. The main schools looking at me right now are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Florida State, Auburn and Tennessee-Chattanooga."

This summer looks to keep Tiano busy. He doesn't plan to let the colleges come to him, instead visiting schools and camps determined to impress.

"I plan on going to a few ACC camps like North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest," he said. I'm really opened-minded and just looking for offers. I've already been to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn lots of times. Over my spring break I'm going to visit Arizona."

One school Tiano is hoping to hear more from is West Virginia. A self proclaimed "big fan" of the Mountaineers, he's hoping to visit and witness the atmosphere first hand.

"I grew up a West Virginia fan, and have been to games before, but I'd like to go as a recruit and visit the school as a prospect," Tiano said.

Tiano's father, Vince, is originally from Clarksburg, W. Va., a short distance from WVU. Still having family close to the Mountaineer campus, Tiano holds the Mountaineers in a special place.

"All my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles still live close," Tiano said. "We still go up there a couple of times a year. Each time we're up there we visit the university and buy shirts and hats. I was raised a West Virginia fan."

Tiano's familiarity with the West Virginia program doesn't stop there. He plays close attention to the programs success, and believes the Mountaineers will soon get back to their winning ways.

"West Virginia has always had a winning team, except for this year," he said. "I love the spread offense where they throw it so many times a game. They always seem to have good athletes and quarterbacks and I think they'll get things straightened out and turned around."

Known predominately as a pro-style quarterback, Tiano feels he can help a program in several ways, utilizing his big frame in the process.

"I feel like in college I'll be more of a pocket-passes, though I run a 4.8 forty," Tiano said. "I can also scramble. I'm a big guy so any goal line runs or third-down and shorts I can run effectively in those situations."

BlueGoldNews Top Stories