Future Lion Filling Out

Andrew Dailey.

The Ohio blue-chipper has packed on a few pounds in anticipation of playing linebacker at Penn State. Andrew Dailey made an official visit to Happy Valley last weekend, and when he got home he talked to FightOnState.com about the trip, who else was there and why he decided to gain some weight.

It has been a rarity recently for Penn State to land blue-chip prospects out of Ohio. But things changed last summer when Andrew Dailey made a pledge to Joe Paterno to become a Nittany Lion. Dailey, a four-star linebacker prospect from Massillon Ohio's football powerhouse Washington High, took his official visit to Penn State this past weekend and shared his thoughts with FightOnState.com.

“I just took my official weekend,” Dailey said. “[The Penn State coaches] were really impressed with my size. I had a great time all the way around. I stayed with Matt Hahn. I also hung out with Dan Connor. I fit in real well. I didn't want to leave. I'm excited and ready to move in.

“It was great also because I got to meet with [Chris] Colasanti and [Nathan] Stupar for the first time. I think we're going to be real competitive for our positions.”

Already meshing with his future teammates, Dailey said he also spent time trying to convince some other prospects to head to Happy Valley. Broderick Green, potentially wavering on his commitment to USC, and Desmond Roberts, a commit to North Carolina State, both spent time with Dailey while on campus.

“Broderick, I think he got a good feel on Penn State,” Dailey said. “After dinner, Jay Paterno took myself, Broderick and Desmond Roberts into the stadium and the lights were on. We all hung out on the field and talked a little. I think they're two great athletes we could bring in. I asked them how they thought their visit was going and they said very well. I'm the kind of guy who sits back and watches how they handled the visit. They all had a good time and were just themselves. I'm definitely trying to push them to come.”

In addition to advocating Penn State, Dailey, who was recently selected to the Ohio Big 33 team, has turned his focus to preparing for his arrival to Happy Valley this summer. A hybrid athlete of sorts, Dailey has the frame and body to play safety or linebacker in college. Right now, Dailey said he anticipates playing linebacker.

“Linebacker it is,” Dailey laughed. “That's why I'm with Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden. But they're going to find me a place. Wherever they need me, they'll find me a spot. I really don't know which linebacker spot for sure, but they'll find the best spot for me.”

As a result of his anticipation for playing linebacker, Dailey decided not to play basketball this season and instead dedicate his time to adding muscle and increasing his speed.


Dailey (right) and Jay Paterno.

“I gained about 20 pounds, so I'm up to 220,” Dailey said. “Last year I played basketball and lost 8 to 10 pounds. I know basketball helps with agility, but I made sure I'm getting in speed and agility work once or twice a week while I gain weight.”

So how exactly is Dailey taking to his training regimen?

“Right now, we have a power-lifting team at the school and they have a real good trainer,” Dailey said. “The strength coach at Penn State, he can't send me a workout until signing day. Hopefully around Feb. 8 I'll get a training booklet then.”

Dailey also said he wants to stay around 220 pounds from here on out.

“I think right now 220 is good for me,” Dailey said. “I want to keep my speed up. When I get there this summer, I'll probably put on five more pounds if they want. If I get to 225 before, that's fine too, but I want to manage my speed.”

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