Ranked as one of the Top 10 safeties in the country, this player also rates among New Jersey's best running backs this year. It also looks like he could be headed to Big Ten country.
Ira Guilford of Hoboken, N.J. took his first official visit this past weekend and came home impressed with JoePa and company.
"I was at Penn State and I really loved it. My host was Lavon Chisley. and he was really cool. I had a chance to meet with coach Paterno, he's really a good guy."
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Ira still has four officials left. He will visit Ohio State on Jan. 10, Syracuse on Jan. 14 (mid-week visit), Notre Dame (Jan. 17) and Rutgers (Jan. 24) before he makes his decision. Right now his visit to PSU is at the front of his mind.
"Penn State is a college town. The atmosphere is awesome and they play great football, I love the tradition they have."
For now, Ira is listing Ohio State and Penn State as co-leaders. However, he's not going to make any sudden choices.
"I need to take all my visits. I loved both Ohio State and Penn State, but I don’t plan on committing until after my five visits.
Ira is being recruited as a defensive back by both Ohio State and Penn State and he is not too sure if that's where he wants to play.
"It's tough right now. I might want to give running back a try in college. I just need to see what each school has to offer before I do anything.”
Ira finished this year rushing for 2,268 yards on 226 carries with 29 touchdowns. On defense he had 87 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.