March 13, 2010

Pennsylvania lineman Bernie Sarra updates recruitment

Greensberg Catholic Central (PA) offensive lineman Bernie Sarra is one of the top offensive line prospects in that state of Pennsylvania, and despite a slow start that saw his team begin the season 2-2 overall, helped his team come together and reach the state finals in PIAA Class AA Finals. Greeensberg Catholic Central would lose to Lancaster (and 2010 CMU commit Kyle Smith), but the season was considered a success, especially after all the doubters who didn't think they could go that far.

"We won the district, then lost in states," said Sarra. "Our season started slow, but everyone just came together after the 2-2 start and we just proved everyone wrong. It was the first appearance in the state championship for our school and it was just a great experience."

The 6-foot-1 and 320 pound Sarra is an anchor on the offensive line and also saw snaps at defensive tackle last season.

"I have really good feet for a man my size," added Sarra. "I have really good strength and I just work hard. You know, when your out there you have to play all out, and that's what I do."

Currently Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Akron, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Rutgers and a host of FCS schools such as Villanova have been showing Sarra the most interest. Last season was a memorable one for Central Michigan as they went 12-2 overall and finished the season No. 23 in the final polls after defeating Troy in the GMAC Bowl. Sarra was able to visit CMU during the season and take in a bit of the Chippewas memorable year.

"I visited during the Akron game. I liked it a lot and I really liked the coaching staff that was there, I know some of them transferred to Cincinnati. I was able to go into the locker room after the game, and that was really cool to come in there after a win. I was able to meet some of the players and they just came up and introduced themselves, it was a real cool experience. I also came up to CMU for a one day camp during the summer. I took a tour of the facilities and got a chance to see the indoor practice field and the weight room and everything. From the locker room to all the other facilities, CMU was real impressive."

Sarra reported that he has a very close relationship with former CMU offensive line coach and now member of the Cincinnati football staff Don Mahoney. Mahoney has carried over his role as main recruiter of Sarra at Cincinnati, but that doesn't mean the Chippewas are out of the mix.

"CMU is one of my top schools," added Sarra. "That's one of the reasons I want to go to their summer camp so I can meet the new staff."

In addition to CMU, Sarra also plans on attending camps at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Akron, and possibly Buffalo.

In the meantime, Sarra is continuing to work hard on and off the field in the hopes that his senior season can bring some of the same experiences as his junior.

"We have a lot coming back," said Sarra. "We look real strong so far and we have a quarterback who just transferred in who's going to be a high Division 1 guy. I think we're going to have more talent and a better chance next season then we did last year, so hopefully everything comes together."

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