Stone Talks State

Nate Stone

By the time mid-February rolls around in each recruiting cycle, some players inevitably have more offers then others, and some have none at all. Nate Stone falls into the latter group.

But that doesn't mean the 6-foot-1 225 pound linebacker from Greensberg Central Catholic (Pa.) doesn't have schools interested or stopping by his PIAA AA high school to evaluate him. In fact, Penn State is one of the schools' showing Stone interest, as the school continues its look at prospects from around the Keystone State.

"I'd say I'm [hearing] from Penn State a decent amount. I've talked to Coach [Charles] London a good amount, and just again Sunday," Stone said.

The junior visited University Park on Oct. 27 for the Nittany Lions' clash with Ohio State, making Saturday's planned two hour voyage up I-99 to University Park his second trip to State College in five months. Stone will join other class of 2014 recruits on an unofficial visit on Feb. 23 to Penn State.

"I learned from that Ohio State visit that I really like the school," Stone said about Penn State.

"Everything I saw was great. The facilities, the coaches, and the atmosphere were all outstanding. The atmosphere and the facilities really caught my eye."

The linebacker talks most with London, who recruits some of the schools in the southwest part of Pennsylvania.

"We have a good relationship, and we've talked a good amount," Stone explained when asked about his relationship with the Nittany Lions running backs coach.

"He seems interested in me, and I like him a lot."

Stone recorded 112 tackles over 10 games this fall, also recording seven forced fumbles – recovering two – to go along with an interception. The junior also caught 13 passes for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns for head coach Bill Colosimo's 6-4 Centurions. He has visits planned to Mid-American Conference member Akron on March 2nd, and a yet to be scheduled trip to Pittsburgh on the horizon, as well.

"I'm definitely looking for a school I feel comfortable at," Stone said. "And one that has good academic standards, and preferably one with a good finance or engineer program."

He's also looking for specific things on the football side of the program he will ultimately attend, too. And while he still awaits his maiden offer, he already knows what he's looking for between the lines, and it includes a system that he hopes can utilize his strengths.

"I'm looking for a program that has success, but that I can also have the chance of playing early at," Stone said.

"I feel like the best parts of my game are stopping the run, and being able to run sideline to sideline."

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