East No. 7 OT Chris Bleich is committed to Penn State and talks about his Nebraska visit

Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West offensive tackle Chris Bleich, a Penn State commit, took in Nebraska's spring game.

Chris Bleich, the No. 7 offensive tackle in the East, is familiar with huge crowds and historical programs since he is from Pennsylvania and committed to Penn State.

However, a visit to Nebraska for Saturday's spring game opened the  eyes of the Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West standout, who was amazed to see 80,000 fans turn out and felt a strong connection to the coaching staff.

He spent a significant amount of time with coach Mike Riley and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

"I liked (Riley). He's a really nice guy," the 6-foot-5 1/2, 305-pound Bleich said. "It's his passion to bring back Nebraska to where it used to be. (Cavanaugh) has a really good personality. He is someone you want to play for. For coach Cav, he brought over all his players from Oregon State and they are still grad assistants with him. He tells me how he still talks to and has contact with all of his former players from Division III, Division II and up.

"He had a talk with me and he said, 'It is not a four-year thing with us, it was a lifetime thing with us.' "


Bleich remains committed to Penn State but he is taking visits.

He made a recent trip to Rutgers, was at Penn State a few weeks ago and he is looking at a Virginia Tech visit.

"When I went, it was just a spring practice and they didn't have pads on yet," Bleich said. "It was more or less all technique."

At Nebraska, Bleich was able to see the offensive line perform up close, and he was keen to check out several things.

"I try to watch them and see what I can learn and put in my own game," Bleich said. "I was watching how they do their reach blocks and their hand placement, all the little things that make a difference."

The trip was not built solely on the spring game. He also toured campus and learned more about the school.

"They took us through all of the facilities," Bleich said. "They took us through the (Nebraska Athletic Performance) lab. It's something like sports science, and they have it just for their athletes, so it's pretty crazy. It was a pretty cool campus. It was big but it wasn't big, if you know what I mean."

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