A season ago, Penn State's home opener with Ohio drew a rather small crowd of recruits, something typical for an early season game with an opponent not of a marquee name. Saturday, the Lions found much of the same.
About 10 recruits and their families took to the Beaver Stadium sidelines and stands Saturday for PSU's clash with Eastern Michigan, a group headlined by a trio of Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) prospects, including one with an offer.
That's Class of 2015 offensive linemen Ryan Bates, who picked up a Nittany Lion offer back in June after an Advanced Skill Camp. He was joined by teammate and classmate Jake Cooper, a linebacker potentially on the verge of a PSU offer, as well as Class of 2014 lineman Deion Oliver, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 278 pounds. Oliver just recently began receiving Nittany Lion interest, and while he isn't likely to receive an offer, the tackle expressed interest about looking into potential walk-on possibilities if the staff was interested.
"I thought Penn State did really good. I was impressed," Bates said when we caught up with him Saturday evening. "I hope I get another chance to come up for another game.
"It was great," Cooper added. "The fans are awesome, the student section is crazy, and the team played well. Overall, it was a great day."
Penn State also received a visit from a Class of 2016 prospect who camped at University Park in June, and according to Scout East region analyst Brian Dohn, Exeter Township (Reading, Pa.) High offensive tackle Michal Menet, who stands 6-foot-2 and checks in at 245 pounds, is a name to watch.
Turns out, Menet is indeed just that. The sophomore told FOS Saturday night that defensive coordinator John Butler offered him in early August. But Menet was just making it public this weekend.
"I thought it was a good game to watch until Penn State started to blow it out," Menet said of the game. "It was very good to see the undefeated  team get recognized and see [John] Cappelletti's jersey get retired.
"It means a lot to me," he said when asked about the offer. "It's a great school with a great football team."
Visitors on hand included:
Class of 2014
• OT Deion Oliver, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
• OT Ryan Paulish, Old Forge (Pa.) High
• K/P Troy Stivason, Athens (Pa.) High
• RB Neil Bodley, Juniata (Mifflintown, Pa.) High
• TE Alex Carling, North Pocono (Moscow, Pa.) High
Class of 2015:
• LB Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
• OT Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
• OLB Hunter Baillie, Long Branch (N.J.) High
• OG Travis Krall, Milton (Pa.) High
Class of 2016
• OT Michal Menet, Exeter Township (Reading, Pa.)