Ex-Penn State commit and East No. 7 OT Chris Bleich has an ACC, SEC, Big Ten top four

CLIFTON, Va. -- Offensive tackle Chris Bleich talks about the four schools he is talking to the most, and when a decision could come.

Even when Chris Bleich was committed to Penn State, the massive offensive tackle from Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West was making visits and formulating opinions on other options.

So even though the East No. 7 offensive tackle decommitted from the Nittany Lions only last week, he already has four schools high on his list and is eyeing a June decision.

"NebraskaRutgersPittsburgh and Mississippi State. Those are the main four right now," Bleich said. "In Nebraska, it was the fit I had there. Mississippi State, I love the offensive line coach (John Hevesy) and it feels like he knows how to develop players.

"Rutgers, they are on the come up. Pitt, (offensive line) coach (John) Peterson has a reputation for putting people in the league."


The 6-foot-5 1/2, 305-pound Bleich already visited each of the four schools, so his knowledge of each is strong.

In Mississippi State, one thing stood out above everything else.

"It's beautiful," he said. "First off, the (hospitality). I landed in Jackson, Miss., and there is a highway that we drove 100 miles, and there was not one piece of trash or road kill on it. That's a lot different than Pennsylvania."

It got even better when Bleich arrived on campus.

"It's a small college town," Bleich said. "I went to this barbecue place. It was an old shack with coolers from 1950. They were Coca-Cola. It was the best food I ever had. They had all the sheriffs in there and everything. It was cool to see."

On the football side, Hevesy and Bleich hit it off.

"It's just his personality," Bleich said. "When I was in the coaching room watching him coach, he'll tell you what you do wrong and what to fix. He will make it fun, though. He will make a few jokes, but it's always enjoyable to be there."

Bleich made several visits to Rutgers in the last six months, and there is a common tie. His uncle, John Bleich, played for the Scarlet Knights.

"It's just their vision," Bleich said. "Coach (Chris) Ash, (offensive line) coach (A.J.) Blazek have a good vision of where they could be. Coach Blazek told me something which made me believe even more why he would have that vision, and I took his word for it.

"It was nothing that portrays me. It was more about him. I don't think it's right for me to share."

Bleich said he connects with Blazek because of his personality.

"It's how he acts," Bleich said. "He's a fun guy."

Bleich was at Nebraska a few weeks ago, and his fondness for the campus and the coaches in the program remains fresh in his mind.

"We're talking daily," Bleich said. "I'm always talking to (offensive lineman) Broc (Bando) a few other kids at Nebraska right now."

Pittt embodies what Bleich likes in offensive style attitude.

"They're just down and dirty and play football," he said. "Everyone says they're not the best, but they did knock down Clemson, the No. 1 team."

Bleich will graduate in December and enroll in January, so he wants to finalize his decision quickly.

"I would like it done by June, no later," he said. "I do just want to focus on my last year of high school and help my team win."

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