Junior athlete Patrick Amara of Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic enjoyed a tremendous season last fall and in turn is beginning to see interest from schools all across the East Coast. Now, Amara hopes to visit some of these schools in the coming months.
"Recruiting is great," said Amara, who is 6-foot-2 and 182 pounds. "I've been getting a lot of visits and speaking to many of them. Colleges are closing in on offers."
Michigan State, Penn State and Old Dominion were the three most recent schools to visit Amara, while Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Akron, Temple, Michigan State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Old Dominion have been showing the most consistent interest to this point.
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Last fall, Amara had the opportunity to attend games at both Rutgers and Maryland.
"I enjoyed both visits," he said. "It was a great experience. It was nice meeting the coaches and players, and it was good to see the rituals and preparations before the game."
Up next, Amara hopes to visit Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Old Dominion.
"I'm looking to see if I'm comfortable in these environments, how good and exciting the campuses are, the surroundings and how I, the players and coaches get along," said Amara.
During his junior season, Amara lined up at safety and wide receiver, and produced some very impressive results. He finished with 77 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, ten sacks and two interceptions, while on offense he added 19 receptions for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Amara mentioned that before his junior season he preferred the offensive side of the ball, but now sees himself as a defensive player. However, he is open to either side of the ball. During this off-season he hopes to improve his speed, strength, footwork and technique.