Newcomer Profile - Mike Lorello

A look at Ohio safety Mike Lorello

Mike Lorello
Defensive Back, 6-0, 185 lbs., 4.5
Worthington Kilbourne High, Powell, Ohio

Free safety who led Kilbourne High to a state playoff berth … recorded 110 tackles, six interceptions and two kick blocks in 2001 … primary responsibility was run support and number two wideout going vertical.

Played in 6-1 front with cover four … first-team all-Ohio … super aggressive … 20-tackle games not unusual, according to Kilbourne head coach Jeff Gafford.

"He plays fast, closes well, is a good tackler and will flat-out hit you," Gafford said.

Kicked off and punted and returned punts as well … biggest adjustment will be multiple coverages and reads, Gafford believes … played against all-Ohio WVU running back recruit Erick Phillips.

Gafford's first 1-A scholarship player … former WVU walk-on long snapper Shawn Edgell played at Kilbourne … two-year all-OCC and all-district selection.

"He has seen as good as there is in Ohio," Gafford said. "He also has the strength, power cleaning 265 pounds, benching 325 pounds and squatting 400. He has been lifting since eighth grade and is very strong pound-for-pound."

Twice named Kilbourne Player of the Year … Agonis Club all-star … also played basketball, starting as a guard, and lacrosse before this season and was an standout soccer goalie as a youth … because of that he attacks ball at its highest point well.

"He knows where it is and goes and gets it," Gafford said. "Most other players can't do that, and it's because of his soccer experience."

Outstanding student who is interested in studying forensic science at WVU … took official visits to Duke, Toledo and Ohio, as well as West Virginia … son of Raymond and Linda Lorello.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "We think Mike will be a free safety. He's an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA. He was the player of the year at his high school. He also plays basketball and has played lacrosse, though he'll be strictly a football player here. We like him as a free safety, but he also could be a strong safety."

What Herb Hand says: "Mike Lorello is a very intelligent kid and an outstanding player. He comes from a great family; I got to meet his father, and he's a really nice guy. Mike is a smart player and will really hit you. It came down to us and Duke, and a lot of times Duke wins those type of kids because of the academics. But Mike is very interested in our forensic program, which is the only one of its kind in the world. That was a big selling point for us with Mike."

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