Grimm Reaping Plenty of Interest

The massive offensive lineman was on hand when Penn State took on Indiana over the weekend. Get an update on how his visit to Happy Valley went.

One of the smallest paid attendance crowds to grace the Beaver Stadium seats in quite some time witnessed Penn State beat Indiana 45-22 Saturday afternoon. But ask Class of 2014 Bethel Park (Pa.) offensive lineman Michael Grimm if it made any difference, and he'd tell you no.

Standing a hulking 6-foot-6, 311 pounds, the junior could see more than most from his view on the Beaver Stadium turf during pregame activities. While some of the 90,358 announced crowd took some time to make their way to their seats, Grimm was impressed by the atmosphere and energy inside the 52-year-old stadium during his first unofficial visit to Happy Valley.

“The thing that stood out to me was definitely the atmosphere and everyone in the stands being positive,” Grimm said. “They were there for the team, and were into the whole game.”

Grimm paid special attention to the offensive line unit, under Mac McWhorter's guide, while taking in the victory. He envisioned how he could one day potentially fit into the Nittany Lions offense.

“I just kept an eye on the line and how they did things and what they were doing,” Grimm said. “The team played well together. The line played very well together, too, and one thing that stood out to me was the fact that they were always on the same page with each other.”

Grimm had previously taken visits to Virginia as well as Pittsburgh, and his University Park experience ranks right alongside the previous visits he's taken as he continues to work his way through the early stages of his recruitment. Things are likely to take off once Junior Days and the like begin next winter.

But more importantly, it put the Nittany Lions on a good footing with the high-potential junior who has received verbal offers from the Panthers as well as Youngstown State, to go along with a lengthy list of suitors with interest.

“This visit was high up there, and it really helped my recruitment with Penn State; just to experience that,” Grimm said. “I don't have any other visits planned now, but I will be coming back up to Penn State for Junior Day I believe, so I'm looking forward to that.”

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