Big Rapids, Mich. - A highly-talented junior college standout has become the latest addition to what is already considered as perhaps Division II's top football recruiting class as Ferris State University announced today (Feb. 20) the addition of transfer safety Scott Patalano (Orangevale, Calif./American River JC).
Ferris State, which received rave reviews for its stellar 2013 recruiting class announced on national signing day, added yet another top-notch defensive player with the addition of Patalano, who was regarded as perhaps one of the country's top junior college players in the secondary.
"We're excited to announce the addition of Scott Patalano," said FSU head coach Tony Annese. "He's a versatile safety that has a nose for the football. He's a do-it-all guy at the safety position and also an impact player on special teams. We're very excited to have Scott join our family."
Patalano becomes the 16th defensive player to join FSU's recruiting class and is the 36th official member of the 2013 recruiting class announced to date. He's also the third junior college transfer featured as part of this year's class.
The veteran safety received significant Division I recruiting interest after totaling 49 tackles with 31 solo stops in 2012 for American River, which has spent the past two years ranked among the nation's top junior college programs and listed within the top three in California's competitive JUCO rankings. He was previously a standout as a three-year starter and all-star pick at Casa Roble High School on the California prep level.
This year's talented Ferris State class comes on the heels of a successful debut season for the Bulldogs under head coach Tony Annese. He guided Ferris State to a 7-4 overall mark in his first campaign last and FSU ranked among the nation's top teams in both rushing offense and total offense. For his efforts, he was a national semifinalist in voting for the prestigious Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
This past season, the Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
Below is a biographical sketch of Patalano:
Safety, 6-2, 210
Orangevale, Calif./Casa Roble (American River JC)
Big, physical safety ... Received significant Division I interest ... Tallied 49 tackles with 31 solo stops in 2012 ... Also intercepted four passes and had a fumble recovery ... Played in 10 games for American River Junior College ... Led team to the Northern California Community College championship game ... American River finished with an 8-3 overall record and won a third-straight conference crown ... Team was ranked as one of nation's top 20 programs in the 2012 JCGridiron.com Dirty Thirty Team Rankings ... Coached by Jerry Haflich at the junior college level ... Appeared in nine games as a freshman in 2011 and totaled 31 stops with two pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery ... Also made significant contributions in special teams and blocked two punts ... Helped team to a 10-0 mark and number three ranking in the California Community College Football poll in 2011 ... Led squad to a number six national ranking and unbeaten campaign as a freshman ... Team won 22 consecutive games during his JUCO career ... Played with his brother, Frankie, at American River this past season ... Was an all-conference and all-star selection on the prep level at Casa Roble High School ... Listed among the state of California's top defensive backs as a prepster ... Three-year starter in high school who was named to the prestigious Oakland Nike All-Combine Team ... Had 83 tackles and seven picks as a prep senior.
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