On May 1st quarterback Dan Persa out of Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty headed to Rutgers and attended the Elite College Combine. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder was pretty happy with his performance there. What in particular did he feel he showed off to the coaches?
"I thought I did really well," he explained. "I got clocked in at a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and other people told me it actually may have even been faster.
"I thought I did exceptionally well in the drills and felt very confident in the one on one drills too. I felt I really showed the coaches there that I have a good throwing motion, accuracy and arm strength. I was hitting almost all my receivers in stride."
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Currently Persa holds three scholarship offers from Connecticut, West Virginia and Akron, but he thinks others could be coming.
"Potentially Northwestern, Maryland and Vanderbilt could be offering soon," he said. "They all have said that they want to see me throw in person and judge for themselves whether they'd like to offer me as a quarterback or wide receiver. I personally would rather play quarterback and that probably would affect my decision."
A few schools are standing out to the Keystone State prospect.
"Right now I'd say my favorites are Northwestern, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Maryland," he said. "Those are my top four because of the way they've been treating me and keeping in touch. I've visited most of those schools already and was very impressed with my trip to West Virginia. Coach Rodriguez is a great guy and he seems to have a wonderful program there."
No matter what Persa decides, he is looking for a few things out of his future home.
"Obviously I want a great football atmosphere and I'd like to play in front of a lot of people," he said. "I also want good down to earth coaches that I can talk to. I'd like to be around good players that I get along with too. Hopefully I can find all that before next season starts. I'd like to get a decision out of the way by the end of summer so I don't have to worry about it anymore."
Persa followed up the Elite with a good performance at the NIKE Camp at Penn State where he ran a camp best 3.93-second shuttle. Last season Persa led his team to the Class 4A finals after throwing for 1,820 yards and 25 touchdowns.