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Stock Rising for Philly Lineman
Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut and Army joined Western Michigan and West Virginia recently in offering 6-foot-5, 285-pound Philadelphia, Pa., native Mark Arcidiacono. While it sounds like the Nittany Lions are certainly the early favorite Arcidiacono is going to get a feel for some other schools before making any decisions. "I went to Happy Valley with my parents during spring break and the visit was absolutely awesome," Arcidiacono exclaimed. "I met with Head Coach Joe Paterno and the rest of the coaching staff and thought they were all great people. I think the coolest thing was that Coach Paterno personally gave me the scholarship offer which meant a lot to me having grown up a die-hard Penn State fan. It was my first visit there and it was everything I expected. The atmosphere was perfect, the stadium was unbelievable and the visit couldn't possibly have been any better." "I also went to Rutgers and didn't have an offer from them at the time, but they have offered since," Arcidiacono said. "They have had a lot of success lately and are a program on the rise. I was very impressed with the coaching staff there, especially Head Coach Greg Schiano. I had thought about committing to Penn State when they offered, but after seeing that there are other possibilities out there like Rutgers I thought I should take my time a bit." "Connecticut wasn't quite ready to offer when I visited them, but they have since I was in Storrs," Arcidiacono explained. "The facilities there were absolutely top-notch and I liked the coaching staff a lot. It was just a really nice place." "I've never really considered going into the services, so I don't know if Army is the place for me. I really have to think about that right now. I was really grateful to get an offer from them because they're obviously a very prestigious institution." Arcidiacono is also getting serious interest from Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Maryland and will be visiting the Gators this weekend.
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