Jake Kradel, the No. 23 offensive guard in the 2018 class, released a top seven but there are a few trips he plans to make prior to a June decision.
The 6-foot-4, 292-pound Kradel said return trips to Ohio State and Pittsburgh are on his mind, and a visit to UCLA is in the works. He made spring visits to Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, and those schools comprise his top seven.
Kradel initially said he was eyeing a June 10 decision, but the date could change.
"It could be later June. It's just when I feel 110 percent," he said. "I don't want to make a decision just to make it. I want to go in knowing that is where I want to be, and I'm going to be there for the right reason, not because I said June 10."
Kradel gave his thoughts on each school:
Maryland: "The campus was awesome. Everything was real close. The facilities were right in the middle of campus. I really like (offensive line) coach (Tyler) Bowen. He is an awesome guy. He is a technician. He works the fundamentals real well and I feel like that could project my game to the next level. I like what they have going on there."
Ohio State: "They made my list because of the culture they have there. They are producing offensive linemen to the (NFL), and I just like coach (Urban) Meyer and how he sets kids up. I like coach (Greg) Strudrawa as a position coach."
Pittsburgh: "It's the hometown team. I've always had a strong feeling there. I always saw myself playing for Pitt when I grew up. I have a great relationship with coach (Pat) Narduzzi and (offensive line) coach (John) Peterson. I think it is going to be a great program in the future."
Rutgers: "I love what coach (Chris) Ash is doing there with the program culture. I feel like he's bringing the Ohio State culture over there, which is awesome. It's the way they're grinding. I have a great relationship with (offensive line) coach (A.J.) Blazek. He is an awesome guy and he really cares about linemen and he's a real good teacher of the game."
UCLA: "It's a good education, and there are some western Pennsylvania ties. (Defensive coordinator) coach (Tom) Bradley is from western Pa., and (offensive line) coach (Hank) Fraley is from Maryland but played right down the street at Robert Morris. I just really like what they're all about, and coach Fraley, he coached in the NFL, so he has connections to the NFL.
"It's a good academic school. They're going to be a good football program. They just had a down year. It's really intriguing there."
Virginia Tech: "I love the tradition there. Coach (Justin) Fuente, in his first year, won 10 games. It's just a winning culture there. That's something I can see myself doing. I like to win. I'm really competitive, and I like the campus. It's beautiful."
West Virginia: "It's close by, I've seen the program for a while, I think they're doing a good job offensively. I like what they do offensively. It's a good program. I like them."