Crowell Talks PSU Official

The Maryland linebacker prospect enjoyed his visit to Happy Valley, especially meeting Joe Paterno. How did it measure up to his trip to Ohio State the previous week?

Conner Crowell returned from his weekend official visit to Penn State having had "a really good time." The Waldorf, Md., prospect is glad he took the trip, which "helped answer a lot of questions as I put things together."

Crowell was in Happy Valley for the Kent State game this past weekend. While he acknowledges that "it wasn't exactly the most intense game," he rates the visit an absolute success. Crowell is planning an official visit to Stanford this fall and still plans to make his decision by rhw last home game of his high school season.

On Friday night, he and the other recruits on campus got an academic tour of Penn State and met with advisers, then hung out on campus with team members. On Saturday morning following breakfast with the team, he checked out Beaver Stadium and watched the Nittany Lions romp over Kent State. Following some more time on campus at night, Crowell went to bed on a University Park campus celebrating another football win.

On Sunday he had breakfast with assistant coaches Larry Johnson and Rob Vanderlinden, and then went to Joe Paterno's house to meet the head coach. He also met Sue Paterno, and the first couple of Penn State made an impression on him.

"That's an enduring love right there," Crowell said. Crowell said he loved the fact that Paterno lives in a very typical house in town. He peaked his head into the coach's library and was impressed.

"He had a lot — a lot — of books in that house," Crowell said. "He's a really smart guy."

Meeting Paterno was the highlight of the trip.

"He's a great guy, really funny," Crowell said. "He said he doesn't know how to use the cell phone or mow the lawn or anything like that. He said he just knows how to drive and coach football."

The visit was an overall success for Crowell, who said he got to know the team and campus a little better.

"I feel like I know the program more," Crowell said. "I liked the trip a lot and I'm glad I took the official. I think getting to know the players more is helpful and seeing if and how I can fit in with the team. I liked the players on the team a lot."

Crowell said he was impressed with the academic portion of the trip and he also liked seeing Beaver Stadium in action on Saturday. A week earlier, Crowell took an official visit to Ohio State to see the Buckeyes host Miami. When asked how his trip to Columbus compared to this past weekend, Crowell was succinct in his summary.

"Replace the red and white of Ohio State with blue and white and you pretty much got the same thing and a similar experience," Crowell said with a laugh.

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