Alt Plans Route to PSU

Pennsylvania lineman Tyler Alt talks about his recent visit to Duke and plans to visit Happy Valley this fall.

Fresh off a trip to Duke to watch the Blue Devils have a rough game against Alabama, Tyler Alt was tired but not too tired to talk football. The western Pennsylvania linebacker woke up at 3:30 a.m. Saturday to make the eight-hour drive down to North Carolina for the game. Alt had been to the area before as part of a series of summer camps he attended that included North Carolina State, Clemson and Duke. The junior is attracting interest on both sides of the ball as a lineman, but is still waiting on that first offer.

"Most programs are waiting to see my offensive game tape," Alt said. "Most schools want to see how I play there before they offer."

Alt plans on making the two-hour drive east to State College to catch a few Penn State games, most likely the home games against Michigan and Illinois. He said he can't wait to see Beaver Stadium full and rocking on gameday.

"I love the school. It is close to home and it is just a couple-hour drive," Alt said. "I can't wait to see the Michigan game. The fans should be ready for that one. It should be great, it should be intense."

In the spring, Alt visited campus and got the full tour from assistant coach Tom Bradley. He had the chance to meet Joe Paterno and talk with the Penn State legend for a few minutes. He said that Penn State is high on his list and he looks forward to learning more about what he sees as a tight-knit family program in Happy Valley.

Penn State seems to have made quite an impression on him.

"I love Coach Bradley. He's a real funny dude," Alt said. "We've talked for hours about football, but not just football. We talk about the recruiting process and he's helped me there. But we also talk about life."

Alt, who is being recruited to play guard or center despite the fact that he plays tackle in high school, currently has strong interest in Michigan, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Duke and North Carolina State. He said that he is feeling programs out and that he is in no rush to make a decision, even if some top offers started to come in. He clearly knows what is important to him and what he's looking for in a program.

"The most important thing is the coaches and the coaching staff, and also the atmosphere around the program," Alt said. "I want that family feel; we have that in high school where we're all holding each other to a high standard. I want that in college."

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