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As Scout 300 receiver Daniel George begins making visits as he begins to delve deep into his recruitment, the Oxon Hill (Md.) High standout figures to encounter a few surprises.
The first one came Sunday when the 6-foot-1 1/2, 200-pound George traveled to Penn State with his parents.
"I learned a lot of things about the school and football program," he said. "This trip really opened my eyes up to the true Penn State."
The alumni network, the academics, the facilities and the vibe inside the program are all big selling points. Add in the Nittany Lions' Big Ten championship and trip to the Rose Bowl, and there is plenty for the coaching staff to sell this offseason.
However, it was not what receivers coach Josh Gattis, assistant coach and area recruiter Charles Huff or coach James Franlkin could point to that had George thinking. It was their approach.
"The thing that most jumped out to me was how sincere the coaches were," George said. "The main message that I received was that 2018 is a very important group in recruiting for them, and I can make a difference in that."
Receivers saw an explosive Penn State offense in the fall, and one willing to take shots down the field in the passing game. In watching film with the coaches and talking about how George would be used, such things stood out.
"I learned that they throw the ball deep," he said. "They liked to play up-tempo and use explosive plays to do that."
Penn State has the No. 1 recruiting class in 2018 with 11 commitments, including one in receiver Justin Shorter of Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick. However, George is not concerned about slots filling up before he decides, which he is planning to do after his senior season.