Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Brian Tomasetti, a tailback out of Old Forge (Pa.) who accepted a walk-on offer to Penn State about two weeks ago. Tomasetti chose PSU despite walk-on invitations at other Div. I schools and scholarships at the Div. II level.
NittanyNation: Who were you getting a lot of interest from? And why did you decide to choose PSU over those other schools?
Brian Tomasetti: Well, I was hearing a lot from Rutgers, Delaware, Kutztown, Bloomsburg, Shippensburg and a few other small schools. Rutgers and Delaware wanted me to walk-on, and Bloomsburg, Kutztown and East Stroudsburg were going to offer me scholarships.
But it was a very easy decision. I set my goals many years ago to play at Penn State, so I didn't really have to think about it. Even without the sanctions, it would've been an easy decision. When I went out to that visit [on Run-on Day], I wanted to go there even more.
NN: What made enrolling at PSU an easy decision?
BT: I just fell in love with it. From the first time I went to a game, it was unbelievable. I loved every second of it. I loved the campus; I loved everything about Penn State. I love the pride about Penn State.
I probably started going to games there when I was 3 or 4. As I got older, I saw what was really going on, what it was really about, and fell in love with it. We go to Penn State games every year with my cousins and aunts and uncles. My cousins have a big RV, so there's a lot of tailgating. It's just a family experience.
NN: What are you most looking forward to about going to school there and playing for the football team?
BT: Going to Penn State, the academics are especially fantastic. And I really can't wait to be part of the team and to be in Beaver Stadium that first time. I think about it every night, all day. That's what I'm working toward right now in the weight room. That's all I want really.
NN: What do you think makes you special as a player, and what are some things you need to work on before seeing time on the field?
BT: I'm a very good team player. I feel like I'm a leader on the team; I like to lead with my actions, not with my words. I think I have good speed, but I want to get bigger and faster. And I think I have good hands; I think I'm a good player and I could improve a lot at Penn State.
They told me they thought I was a really tough kid after seeing my tapes and decided I was a leader on the field. They liked what I did with the ball.
NN: I've heard from coaches, analysts and fans. But let me ask you: What kind of role do you think this run-on program is going to play with the future success of this team?
BT: I think the run-on program is going to be a huge part for Penn State, especially the next few years. They have a great recruiting class coming in, and I think there's a lot of great players in the run-on program. I think Matt McGloin had that the most. He didn't have that many offers coming out of high school, but he saw the field and broke records at Penn State.