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Lions pick up verbal from Philly lineman

May 1, 2008
By Philip Cmor,

The Penn State football team picked up its second recruiting commitment for 2009 in three days on Wednesday.

Two days after Maryland safety Malcolm Willis made a verbal pledge to the Nittany Lions, fast-rising Philadelphia area offensive lineman Mark Arcidiacono followed suit.

Arcidiacono will be a two-year starter at powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep, where he plays left tackle for Gil Brooks’ team. He went public with his commitment at a press conference at his school Wednesday morning.

Attempts to reach Arcidiacono on Wednesday weren’t successful, but Brooks said Arcidiacono picked Penn State over Florida and Rutgers. According to Brooks, Arcidiacono had more than 15 scholarship offers, including one from Notre Dame just a day before he committed.

“He’s a naturally big kid. He’s six-five, 290 and looks svelte. And he’s a decent athlete at that,’’ Brooks said. “The thing that jumps out on film about him is his power. He’s not the strongest in our weightroom, but he’s the best in his punch in this drill we do with a medicine ball. He just rocks defensive linemen.’’

Arcidiacono is the second offensive lineman to commit to Penn State this spring.

It wasn’t all good news Wednesday for Penn State, though. In an interview with, Gateway defensive back Corey Brown announced he was eliminating Penn State from consideration.

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