Oak Creek's Megna drawing attention

Tony Megna

Tony Megna, a 6-foot, 190-pound strong safety prospect at Oak Creek (Wis.) High School, is receiving interest from several colleges, including Big Ten programs. He discussed his summer camp plans in a recent interview.

A year ago Tony Megna attended a couple of summer football camps, in addition to his team's camp at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis. Megna (6-foot, 190 pounds) visited South Bend, Ind., for a Notre Dame camp, and attended a Jeff Trickey quarterback camp.

"At that time I was expecting to play quarterback," Megna said in a recent telephone interview.

Megna started at quarterback for Oak Creek as a sophomore. He threw just 26 passes in the team's wishbone offense, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, completing seven for 145 yards and one touchdown, with three interceptions. He rushed 110 times for 557 yards and six touchdowns.

As a junior last fall, however, Megna shifted to strong safety. He earned all-conference acclaim at the position, and is now drawing the attention of college recruiters. He is the No. 22 class of 2007 prospect in the state of Wisconsin, according to BadgerStatePreps.com

"A lot of the recruiters have been in (to Oak Creek)," Megna said of the spring evaluation period. "Northwestern is the main school that is interested right now. Valparaiso has given me a bunch of calls. I talked to Coach (Gordon) Shaw from Minnesota (Thursday).

"I talked to (head coach Bret) Bielema from Wisconsin. Just all the schools, mainly in the Big Ten. They all came in and just told me to come to their camp. They saw film and they really had nothing bad to say about my film. So they just kind of wanted to see me play in person."

Megna said he currently plans to attend football camps this summer at Northwestern, Northern Illinois and Illinois. He received phone calls this month from NU defensive coordinator Greg Colby and coaches at Northern Illinois and Division I-AA programs Northern Iowa and Valparaiso.

Most schools are recruiting Megna as a strong safety. "I think it was Illinois (which) said that I might be able to grow into an outside linebacker," he said. "So either strong safety or outside linebacker."

Megna said he has been hand timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds. He also reported a 400-pound squat, a 285-290 bench press, a 300 clean and a 500 dead lift.

Megna said he has not yet heard any discussion of scholarship offers, but he understands that summer camps will have a big impact on those possibilities.

"I think they just want to take a look at me in person," he said. "Greg Colby from Northwestern said just come down to the camp and then we'll just kind of go from there.

"When I was talking to my coach, Coach (Joe) Koch, he said that all the coaches really liked me. It is early in the recruiting process."

Megna is prepared to be patient; he made it clear that he feels college recruiters have every reason to be thorough when assessing student-athletes.

"It's a hundred thousand dollar investment that you're committing to somebody," Megna said of the college recruiters. "They want to be serious about it. And I know that and I'm not really rushing it."

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