Local LB Draws Interest from Penn State

Class of 2014 prospect Lezzer will be getting even more familiar with the Nittany Lions — and they with him — in the near future.

Christian Lezzer has seen plenty of Penn State throughout his life. Living just a short 45-minute drive up Route 322 in Clearfield and having a pair of uncles who played for the Nittany Lions will do that for a football player.

But as the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior outside linebacker continues to impress in the Class of 2014 as a two-way player for the Bison, the Nittany Lions are starting to see him more and more

“Coach [John] Butler came by my school last Tuesday, and he was the first to see my highlight tape, which was only finished on Monday,” said Lezzer, who is the nephew of former Clearfield standouts and Penn State players Josh and Chad Kroell. “He said he liked how I play.”

Lezzer racked up 52 tackles for Clearfield this past season, helping the Bison to an improbable district semifinal game match-up with University Prep out of Pittsburgh after Clearfield entered the playoffs as the District 9 13th seed. That's only part of his season story, though.

The junior also spent plenty of time on the offensive side of the ball, completing 55 of 102 passes for 1,445 yards and 20 touchdowns while under center. And he tallied 1,444 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing. The haul earned him an invite to the Nittany Lions' first Junior Day, tentatively scheduled for late January.

“I was invited to Junior Day, which I look forward to going to,” Lezzer said. “I was excited that [Butler] came by and invited me.”

Penn State isn't the only school aware of the do-everything athlete, though. Boston College, Rutgers, North Carolina State, Missouri and Temple have also been involved early in his recruiting process.

“I've had a lot of those schools send me mail daily,” Lezzer said. “I think one or two of those schools are coming in either this week or next.”

Lezzer first visited Penn State as a prospect for the Nittany Lions' September clash with Navy, and with his second trip potentially on the horizon, he's using a simple measuring stick not just for Penn State, but also all of the schools that have showed early interest.

“I'm looking for a great education. That's first and foremost,” Lezzer said. “But I want it to be at a place with a high level of football, too.”

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