Anthony Scirrotto is about as well-rounded an athlete as you will see. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from West Deptford, N.J. runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and has a vertical leap of 35 inches.
In addition, he is being recruited by several schools to play baseball as well as football. To top it all off, he is an outstanding student in the classroom, earning a 4.0 GPA while achieving a 1,110 on his SAT. So where does he want to attend college next year?
“My definite top five is Stanford, Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, and Notre Dame," said Scirrotto. "Stanford has a great reputation in sports, and is good academically. I also like their location. Their head coach just flew in here, and I got to talk to him.
“Penn State is all about football, and of course I would love to play for coach Paterno. Notre Dame is a very good school, and I always liked them when I was growing up. UVA is a really nice school overall I think, and the coaches have been talking to me a fair bit.
“Boston College I don’t know a lot about yet, but I definitely want to learn some more about their school. I like Coach Willis a lot. Also, one of my friends is going there, so that would be a big bonus.”
Scirrotto says that he has no definite ideas on where he will take his official visits, but would like to decide soon. He has offers from Stanford and Wisconsin, with more expected as the football season begins. What is he going to base his decision on?
“Basically the school I would feel most comfortable in if it weren’t for sports. If athletics don’t work out for me, I want to be somewhere where I will enjoy college.”
Scirrotto said he will not make his decision anytime soon, and will probably decide after football season.
“With spring baseball, it will be a pretty busy time for me, so I might have to wait a while.”
On the subject of baseball, does he want to play in college?
“That is not something I have really sat down and thought about a lot. Football is my first priority and I will need to adjust to that first. Maybe in my sophomore year if I have the opportunity it will be something that I pursue.”
Are the schools that want him for football okay with him playing two sports?
“Well, Stanford, UVA, and Duke have all said it would be fine. I will have to talk to the other coaches about it.”
Scirrotto played mostly quarterback on offense last season, rushing for 507 yards and passing for another 949. He accounted for 22 scores on offense. On defense, he had 94 tackles and six interceptions.