Junior offensive lineman Austin Stapleton of Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's quickly began to make a name for himself after a set of summer camps earlier this year. Now he is focusing on his current season, but is also looking forward to hitting the road once again.
"I've been in contact with Penn State since the spring and Boston College showed interest at their camp," said Stapleton. "Other than that I have to get my tape together and send it out to those schools."
Stapleton, 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds, gave a rundown of his summer camp performances.
"I attended camps at Penn State, Boston College and I also hit a few Ivy's like UPenn, Princeton and Yale," said Stapleton, who is 6-foot-4 and 280-pounds. "They were all great. I liked Penn State's facilities and the new staff. Boston College as well was great. I really liked their offensive line coach."
The junior lineman has yet to take any visits this fall and will likely wait until after his season is complete to get back on the road.
"I'm really open, but right now I know I want to see Northwestern, Vanderbilt, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia and I also want to get back up to Penn State and Boston College," said Stapleton.
With Penn State making a favorable early impression on him, Stapleton discussed his thoughts on the sanctions that were given to the Nittany Lions during the summer.
"I was at the camp before the sanctions came out, but I still like them," he said. "I really like Coach O'Brien and his positive attitude. Even though they can't play bowl games for the next four years, playing at Beaver Stadium in front of 100,000 is just like a bowl game to me."
On the field, Stapleton and his teammates are off to an impressive start.
"I've been playing left and right tackle," said Stapleton. "The first two games I started at left and now I'm starting over at right. I really worked on my feet and pass blocking during the off-season. I had the punch last year, but my feet are really coming together."
Included in their early season success was a memorable victory over rival Bergen Catholic.
"It was the greatest feeling ever as a kid," he said. "All of the kids I played football with in middle school told me that Joe's will never be better than Bergen and it just felt so great to win and prove them wrong. It was just awesome."