Lions Make Strong Impression on Menet

Reading, Pa., Exeter Township sophomore four-star offensive tackle recaps his recent trip to check out Penn State.

Michal Menet heard Penn State's message loud and clear last Saturday. He was glad to hear it.

The Reading, Pa., Exeter Township Class of 2016 four-star offensive tackle had his offer confirmed as valid by the Lions' staff in late January. During a recent unofficial visit, he found out why.

"They said that I wasn't just offered because the previous staff offered me," Menet said. "They evaluated me and still wanted to offer me, and not just tag along from the other staff.

"I think those were kind of important things for the program to be doing. They want the very best, and I'm glad they took the time to re-evaluate me and didn't just go with the previous staff."

Menet was one of roughly 20 prospects on campus for the Lions' eighth spring practice, which afforded him the opportunity to meet head coach James Franklin and O-line coach Herb Hand.

He met with both after watching Penn State drill.

"They both kind of said they like me a lot and encouraged me to do work and keep getting better and building a relationship," Menet said. "I liked Coach Hand a lot. He didn't seem like he would just be a great football coach but also a great mentor and somebody I could look up to."

At practice, Menet said he able to pick up on what the program is working toward. It was a similar refrain to those sung by the recruits who have visited campus before him.

"Obviously, there's still a lot of work to be done," he said. "They looked pretty good, and I learned I want to work on keeping my pad level low.

"I liked how up-tempo and high energy it was. That's really important for a practice."

The season of spring visits continues for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore next weekend, when he travels to Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

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