March 19, 2011

Stanko becomes commitment No. 1 in 2012

Warren (Ohio) Howland offensive lineman Anthony Stanko didn't think he would verbally commit to Penn State when he unofficially visited Saturday, but that's exactly what happened.

Following the visit, Stanko said the opportunity to tell the coaching staff in person was to good to pass up.

"After the whole unofficial visit was over, my family and I were about to leave town and we had talked about and I decided that I'm ready to commit," said Stanko. "I thought it would be better to do in person than over the phone, so I called up Jay and we met back at the football office and I just did it in person."

Stanko added that his day was filled with tours of different parts of campus.

"We saw all the football facilities, weight room, the practice fields outside and the indoor facility. We got to meet an academic advisor, got to talk to him about a couple different majors I'm interested in and he answered a lot of the academic questions."

"We went to their spring practice and I actually got to talk to Joe (Paterno) for about 20 minutes. He was just standing there at practice, he was a real nice guy. He has a sense of humor too, which surprised me, I thought that was pretty cool."

Talking to Joe Paterno was certainly a highlight of Stanko's trip, but speaking with a few current players ended up being very informative.

"We talked to a couple players from the team, got to ask them some questions with no coaches around. It was just one-on-one with them. I just asked them some basic questions, like what's going on up here and from what they say, the coaches aren't lying about anything. (The coaches) are telling you exactly what it is, because the players all said the same thing."

Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno is in charge of Stanko's recruitment. Stanko says he has a good relationship with Jay, adding that it was great meeting Penn State's offensive line coaches during the visit.

"I got to meet coach Anderson and coach Kenney, the two line coaches. I met with them for about a half-an-hour, got to talk to them about everything. They're real nice guys and I'm really happy about them."

"Jay then took us over to Beaver Stadium, we got to check that out, I've been there before so we kind of just walked in, saw the locker rooms, the training rooms. I went to that white out game against Michigan and that atmosphere was in the back of mind, I'm still thinking about that, it amazes me."

Stanko is Penn State's first verbal commitment for the class of 2012.

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