Many believed the Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas three-star 2016 quarterback could commit when he visited University Park with his father and a few friends Thursday into Friday. Alas, while he reported a good visit, the junior isn’t quite ready to pull the trigger and end his recruitment just yet.
“They’re definitely pushing for me, but it’s good pressure,” Zembiec said. “They want me to know I stand at the top with them for my class, and I think they understand how I feel about the recruiting process.”
The quarterback’s feeling toward the process of picking where he will continue his football career is simple: he doesn’t want to rush into a commitment, and he wants to make sure he takes enough time to verify the wealth of information colleges have thrown his way.
He was able to do that during his stop at Happy Valley. Thursday was spent in meetings with quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne before watching practice. More conversations and tours followed the Lions’ practice, before a final stop at the Lasch Building Friday morning and then the trip home.
“They want me to know I stand at the top with them for my class, and I think they understand how I feel about the recruiting process.”
“The way [Rahne] pays attention to detail, he just picks the quarterbacks apart and tells them what they’re doing wrong,” Zembiec said. “He’s helping [Christian Hackenberg] be so good and perfecting him, and it’s the little things like that he was pointing out in my game back when I camped.
“It shows how much he knows.”
PSU head coach James Franklin stood out in a similar manner.
“I was standing in the back with him at practice, and he kept pointing out certain things and telling me about all the guys that would be in their prime by the time I got to Penn State,” Zembiec said. “He’s such a great guy. It was awesome.”
Penn State is the last program Zembiec will visit before his preseason camp starts Monday. It could be the only program he checks out this season, as well. He hopes to visit for the program’s Homecoming clash with Northwestern, Whiteout game with Ohio State or “both if I’m lucky.”
In the meantime, the Lions will continue to hit on the same points they always have — family and geography — to ensure Zembiec is as comfortable with them as possible.
“It’s huge because everyone sounds great over the phone and like the nicest person, but the big thing with Penn State was, watching the coaches, it’s the same way they present themselves on the phone,” Zembiec said. “Coach Rahne coaches the quarterbacks the same way he presents himself, and that’s important.”
“It was a really good experience, and [the team] looks even more polished now.”