I PLAYED FOOTBALL from the time I was 6 in Norwalk, Conn., where I grew up. I was an aggressive kid, always running around. My pops was a former Marine, so I had a real disciplined childhood. My mom didn't like that my dad put me in football, because my older brother got hurt playing Pop Warner, which is where my connection to Penn State started. A coach of mine went to Penn State, and he'd bring me back jerseys and stuff. I came to like the Nittany Lions, and I went to their camps from eighth grade through my junior year of high school. Once they showed interest in me, I committed [in May 2009 during his junior year]. My parents and I sat in Joe Paterno's office and in his living room, but he never gave me a home visit. I don't know that he had to win you over. You made a visit, they'd give you the whole tradition spiel and you were sold...
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