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Hard work paying off for Stanko

With his college decision out of the way early, Penn State commitment Anthony Stanko has had time to focus his energy on other efforts.

Stanko has dropped considerable weight this spring.

The Warren (Ohio) Howland product spent the spring working out three or four times a week, and he's now down over 30 pounds from his playing weight last season.

"Over the winter one of my main goals was to get down to like 290 pounds, and last week I finally reached my goal," he said. "So I'm real excited about that. I've been working out really heavy lately and still losing weight. I want to keep it there and keep getting stronger and faster."

The rising senior was the first player to jump on board back in March, and he has watched the Nittany Lions piece together a nice class thus far.

"When I first committed, being the first guy, I didn't know who was going to come on with me and stuff like that," he said. "Now that we're up to eight commits, I'm real happy with what we've got, we've gotten some really great players. I've watched some tape on the guys who have committed and I'm friends with all of them on Facebook, and it seems like a great group of kids, I'm real excited about it."

Stanko has kept in touch with his recruiter, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno this spring. Paterno dropped by Howland during his first swing through Ohio.

"Jay was actually down the first day he went out on the road, he said that I was the first guy he visited when he went out on the road," he said. "So that feels good, knowing that they still have an interest in me and they still like me that much. I'm just real excited about the whole thing."

Stanko's most recent visit to Penn State was for the Nittany Lions' spring game in April, and during the weekend he found something that piqued his interest for his college career off the field.

"I learned that Penn State is the No. 1 supporter of Kidney Cancer research, they had an Uplifting Athletes event going on that was really cool," he said. "I got to meet a lot of the linemen that were involved. I got to talk to Mike Farrell, who I heard is the president of the chapter up there. I'll definitely participate in that when I get there."

Stanko will return to Penn State in June for the Nittany Lions' senior camp.

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