By Jon Moffett
It didn’t take long for Canfield High’s Jordan Italiano long to figure out where he wanted to play college football.
All he had to do was show up one day and his mind was already made up.
“There was no doubt about it that I wanted to go to Kent State,” Italiano said.
Italiano, a junior safety for the Cardinals, said he visited the school for a junior day. He fell in love with the campus and coaching staff, which made the decision easier.
“I got to go up there on a junior day and see their campus, field and facilities,” he said. “And I’m really big on the coaches.
“I don’t know if you’re going to be able to find a better coaching staff than up there. They have my best interests in mind and they want me to succeed on the field and in the classroom,” he added.
Italiano said he wanted to attend a school that valued education just as equally as the product on the field.
“Definitely I wanted a school where I can get a great education and be successful off the field,” he said. But I also wanted to go to a place where I can play football and be successful.”
Italiano was an All-Conference selection in his sophomore and junior seasons. He also earned all-district honors and was named honorable mention for all-state after both seasons.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder lead the Cardinals in tackles last season.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, the standout defensive back is just as successful in the classroom.
Ranking 13th out of the 238 students in his class, Italiano has a 3.9 grade point average, and ranks in the top five percent of his class. He he has yet to decided on a major, but added his favorite areas of study are math and science.
So what does he want to be when he grows up?
“Ever since I was little, I just wanted to play football and even then one of my goals was to be a professional football player,” he said. “It would be very intense being that it was my childhood goal. It would be a dream come true. But I have to just take it one step at a time and prove myself at Kent first.”