When quarterback Anthony Morelli verbally committed to Pitt in August it looked like the Panthers would be set at the position for years to come. But now another school is involved, and Pitt will have to try to fend off one of college football's legends.
On Tuesday night Morelli's father confirmed that he did indeed take an official visit to the Penn State campus over the weekend. While he didn't have much to say, he did note that the visit left a positive impact on Morelli.
"Anthony had a very nice visit to Penn State," his father said. "He's definitely interested in Penn State. I can't compare them with Pitt, because only he can do that, and I don't want to put words into his mouth. But I can confirm that he was there and enjoyed it a lot."
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The 6-foot-4, 208-pound signal-caller from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and has a fantastic arm. What else did his father have to say?
"Joe Paterno and that staff has a lot to do with his interest in Penn State. I think Anthony will probably decide on or around Signing Day, and it looks like it will either be Pitt or Penn State."
The 5-star prospect had an excellent senior season and has seen his stock consistently rise since last year. He's rated the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 12 prospect overall nationally.