Calvert HS safety standout C.J. Williams was in Happy Valley for Blue-White Weekend, and even with the bad weather, he liked what he saw.
"The game was great," Williams said. "Everything about it fit me. They are defensive minded and play with a physical mentality. I would love to go there."
After the weekend, Penn State rose to the top of his list.
The rain drove many people away from Beaver Stadium for the game, but Williams saw exactly what he was looking for.
"I like their tradition a lot and the graduation rate at the school," Williams said. "And also the overall atmosphere of the fans coming out and supporting their team even in the rain. I also like that they are physical and like to hit."
Williams has yet to receive an offer from PSU – but feels like one might be coming soon.
"I honestly felt like they were going to offer when I was down there," Williams said. "My coach told me they really like me, and they say they are going to re-evaluate my film. And we will see what happens from there."
He continued, "Regardless I'm going to go down to their camp (June 24) and compete. Coach Larry Johnson likes me a lot."
Part of the reason that Williams is being targeted by the PSU staff is his speed — he has been clocked at 4.5 in the forty.
"I am fast," Williams said. "But the best part of my game is my physicality and being able to make that tackle for loss. I'm very smart – you will never see me out of position and I can make others around me better."
Williams reports a 3.5 GPA and is looking at colleges for more than just football.
"Academics are very important to me because football isn't going to last forever," Williams said. "Even though I wish it would. But you have to prepare for the real world, and student comes before athlete."
Williams knows that the Lions offer the best of both football and academic worlds. Another school that is high on his list for the same reasons is West Virginia – the school that he thinks will be his first offer.
"WVU is very close to offering. I am going down there April 26," Williams said. "Hopefully that comes through."
Williams plans to attend the PSU Prospect Camp June 24-25. And until then, he wants to keep a close eye on the Nittany Lions.