Calvert Hall's Adrian Amos chooses Penn State

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February 02, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

A festive crowd of players, parents and coaches grew silent Wednesday as Calvert Hall safety Adrian Amos reached into a midnight blue bag to unveil the cap of his future school.

Amos kept the choice hidden until the Nittany Lion and blue and white colors of Penn State were atop his head. Even though Penn State is one of the most storied programs in college football, the school's academics were the deciding factor for Amos.

"Penn State is known for the number of student athletes who graduate," Amos said. "If something does go wrong — and God willing, it won't — I will still have a future. I'll still go someplace because people know Penn State is serious about academics. It's a very tough academic school, and in this economy, you need everything you can to get a job."

Amos, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound All-Metro safety, could play an immediate role for the Nittany Lions, and he was told he will get an opportunity to compete for a regular spot. Amos initially made an oral commitment to Connecticut but had second thoughts after coach Randy Edsall left for Maryland. Amos eventually narrowed his choices to West Virginia, Penn State and Connecticut.

"The coaching change at Connecticut made me want to look for more options," Amos said. "I wanted to see what else was out there. I needed to see if I fit better somewhere else."

Amos led the Cardinals to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship and The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 ranking. He finished the season with 78 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He also had a huge game in the Cardinals' 26-21 upset of then-No. 1 Gilman under the lights at Calvert Hall with an offensive touchdown and a game-changing interception.

"In what was probably the biggest game at Calvert Hall in quite some time against Gilman," Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. "Every time we needed a play, he made a huge play."

Amos is excited to get a chance to play for Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno. He was impressed during their past meeting.

"He's cool," Amos said. "He's real down-to-earth and funny. He has a lot of stories. He's been coaching football for a real long time. It's an honor to play for somebody like Joe Paterno."

Also taking part in the signing at Calvert Hall were Ben Curtis, (Delaware), Stefan Janik (Towson), Spencer Sutton (Towson) and Daniel Yarborough (Shepherd).

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