No. 1 Massachusetts DT Ryan Betro talks Penn State, Syracuse, Boston College and Rutgers

Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy defensive tackle Ryan Betro recaps Penn State visit, looks toward ACC and other Big Ten trips.

It appeared as though Ryan Betro's recruitment had a narrow focus. 

There was Syracuse, where he visited and loved, and Boston College, the hometown school he grew up cheering for and watching in person.

Then, about a month ago Penn State began to show interest, same with Temple, and then Rutgers chimed in with an offer last week.

"I told every school, if I'm going to commit, I'm going to be 100 percent in," said Betro, who plays at Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy. "I'm not going to be a kid who commits, and then put out on twitter, 'I'm decommiting from so-and-so.' All the schools are good with that."

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Betro is unsure of his plans for this weekend, but he knows he will be either at Boston College's spring game or at Syracuse.

"If I can make it up to Syracuse, I will probably go there," he said. "It depends on travel plans."

Betro's busy schedule included a trip to Penn State last weekend.

It did not result in an offer, but he understands why. The Nittany Lions only recently got in touch, so both sides are still learning a lot about the other.

"They want to see my test scores, and they want to have a meeting with my head coach when the defensive line coach, (Sean) coach Spencer, comes up here for recruiting," Betro said. "I only started talking to them in mid-March. I didn't know them that well. They saw my tape but they (were wondering) about my height and weight."

Betro measured in at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds at Penn State.

"They were like, 'Wow, we thought you were 260,' "Betro said.

The trip to watch Friday's practice surpassed Betro's expectations.

"I was going in there thinking Penn State was going to be great, and it was insane," Betro said. "I got to see all the facilities. I was greeted by the entire coaching staff, which was awesome. It was really a warm welcome and down to earth. There weren't any fake vibes. Everyone was really sincere there. It was a great time.

"It was bigger than I thought it was going to be. Not in a sense of size, but the facilities were crazy. I got to see the stadium. It was just nuts."

Penn State practiced inside Beaver Stadium, which allowed Betro to imagine what it was like on game day.

"It was cool. You got to see the guys flying around a little bit," Betro said. "There were a lot of people there They had the music playing."

Penn State is a newcomer with Betro, and the school he may visit this weekend already built a strong relationship with him.

Betro visited Syracuse a few months ago and connected well with the coaching staff, particularly coach Dino Baber.

"What I like about Syracuse is I went there, and you know how you get those gut feelings about a place?" Betro said. "I felt a really strong feeling. Their message to me was pretty much that something here is coming. They're landing recruits, getting a couple of four stars, and they're kind of putting their money where their mouth is.

"I love it up there. Coach Babers is a great guy. I got to spend some time with him and the defensive coordinator, coach (Brian) Ward, talks to me like every other day. He's a great guy."

Babers, a former assistant and UCLA, found a way to connect with Betro quickly.

"I'm a huge (New England) Patriots fan, so he was telling me stories about Matt Slater from when he was at UCLA," Betro said. "He's a very genuine guy. I really respect him."

A program entering the fray is Rutgers, which extended an offer to Betro and is trying to organize a visit.

"Rutgers is on me, and I definitely want to set up a date with them to visit," he said. "I know it's a Big Ten school so I want to get there. I really don't know much about Temple or Rutgers, so I want to learn more about those schools."

With all that said, Boston College is Betro's hometown school, and he started going to games when he was 5-years-old.

"I've been a fan there all my life," Betro said. "What I love about B.C. is before I kind of blew up this year, the one FBS school that was talking to me was B.C. I first visited last April, so I have been talking to them for a year now."


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