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October 15, 2013Class of 2015 four-star Anthony Palazzolo hasn't picked up a Penn State offer yet, but if the interest he's received so far is any indication, one should be coming in the next few months.
The 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive tackle from Fairfield, Conn. has already earned offers from both Connecticut and Boston College, and expects to pick up more once he's able to visit a few schools after his season.
"I've only been to a few schools for a couple games so far because of where I live," Palazzolo said. "It's tough for me to get to places, especially with my crazy football schedule and school. But schools like Nebraska really want me to visit, plus places like Pittsburgh and Indiana have shown a lot of interest to this point.
"But, I've been to Boston College, UConn and Penn State so far. I've been invited to pretty much every school that's reached out to me, it's just tough to get there."
The visit to State College this past weekend was his second to Penn State dating back to this summer when he worked out with Nittany Lion offensive line coach Mac McWhorter for camp.
"This was my first game at PSU, my second time there overall. I was at camp this past summer and that was a great experience. I really liked working with Coach Mac. He seemed to be really impressed, they even took me around all the facilities after camp.
"Their facilities are excellent, probably one of the best I've seen so far."
Before kickoff on Saturday, he once again was able to meet with the Nittany Lion coaching staff, including head coach Bill O'Brien.
"I got to talk with Coach O'Brien and Coach (John) Strollo before the game. Strollo is my recruiting coach for my area. I spoke with a couple other coaches too, Coach Mac was one of them."
"But Coach O'Brien told me that they're going to be going after guys like me. Guys that are real high energy, real hard working guys."
Following that discussion, Palazzolo hit the field with the rest of the 100+ prospects in attendance. Being on the sidelines for pre-game was something he noted as "really fun," but added "that was nothing compared to the actual game itself."
"How could you not be impressed with that game? Seeing 108,000 people together, not just cheering on their team, but really impacting the game. They have really smart fans. When Michigan was trying to make adjustments before the snap, they'd get even louder. I was really impressed.
"I mean, how could anyone at that game not be impressed with Penn State? It was a special night. I was happy they pulled out that win. They deserved it."
While there is still months to go before he narrows his list, Palazzolo noted that he'd like to have his decision over with by this time next year.
"I would like to have everything over with before my senior year. That's what I'm hoping for right now. It's great getting all this attention, I really appreciate it, but this year has already been so hectic that I'd like to enjoy my senior season, if possible."
Palazollo is currently targeting Boston College's game against Virginia Tech Nov. 2 as his next potential visit date.
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