So much for worries that Joe Paterno might have lost his recruiting touch.

One star member of Catholic League football's Class of 2009 already has committed to Penn State, and indications are strong another is about to do so.

West Catholic quarterback Curtis Drake will hold a news conference at 11:30 tomorrow morning. Though Maryland and Georgia Tech are still pushing, shock will reign if Drake does not opt for the Nittany Lions; he's just back from a campus visit.

Tackle Mark Arcidiacono, of St. Joseph's Prep, committed to Penn State in late April.

In 1 1/2 varsity seasons, Drake has used a combination of savvy and athleticism to pass 109-for-217 for 1,933 yards and 26 touchdowns, while leading the Burrs to two consecutive Blue Division titles. On keepers, he has added 852 yards and 15 scores.

Another rising senior QB, Cardinal O'Hara's Tom Savage, also accepted a scholarship from a prominent Division I program, Rutgers.

Though Drake realizes he might be asked to play wide receiver in college, he has been asking for assurances he'll be given every chance to remain at QB.

When asked about that matter last fall, he said: "I want to be considered more as a passer than a runner. That's what I'll need to prove, that I can deliver the ball. I'm constantly working on my accuracy and making the right reads. When you're a college quarterback, being able to pass the ball is what it's all about. I throw and throw. I do a lot of throwing." *

- Ted Silary