Kline Makes Hard Choice

Ben Kline has been dealing with a ton of emotions the past few weeks and they reached a fever pitch over the past week. Kline has finally decided what he is going to do and it wasn't easy.

Dallastown (Pa.) outside linebacker Ben Kline has been committed to Pittsburgh since early in the summer. Three weeks ago, Penn State came into the picture and offered and a lot has changed. Kline took an official visit to Penn State over the weekend and three days late Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign.

"I was devastated when I heard about Coach Wannstedt," Kline said. "He is a great person and a great coach. i was very upset and so were all the guys who are committed there. The recruits at Pitt were tight, I am closest with Artie Rowell and he is real shaken about it."

Kline stayed out of the spot light over the past few days, so he could focus on what he had to do to make the best choice for him and his family.

"I sat down with my family and I have decided to attend Penn State University," Kline stated. "I took an official visit there this weekend and loved it. Glenn Carson was my host. We did all the normal recruiting stuff. We toured everything and we ate at different places. I met with the coaching staff."

Any linebacker from Pennsylvania always looks at Penn State or Linebacker "U". The appeal was too much to ignore for Kline.

"Penn State always has great linebackers," Kline said. "They have great academics. They do things the right way and you can't beat the tradition at Penn State."

Penn State came into the picture not long ago and the recent happenings at Pitt helped push Kline over the edge.

"Coach (Larry) Johnson and (Ron) Vanderlinden have been recruiting me," Kline said. "They called about three weeks ago and said they wanted to come to one of my games. They came to the game and liked what they saw and offered me. I can't say either way if I would have stayed at Pitt or left if Dave Wannstedt was still there. it could have gone either way, but I can say that probably pushed me over the edge. I have a lot of respect for them and Brian Angelichio. He is a great guy and a very good recruiter."

Kline had a solid senior season and it was only his second year playing linebacker. He was 1st team All-Conference at linebacker and tight end. he was a unanimous choice as the conference Player of the Year. He recorded 152 tackles, one and a half sacks, three interceptions. He caught 35 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 36 carries for 338 yards and six touchdowns. He was chosen to play in the Chesapeake Bowl in Maryland at the end of the month.

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