Menet Makes Most of PSU Visit

The Exeter Township sophomore had many reasons to be at Beaver Stadium Saturday. Checking out the Nittany Lions was a big part of the trip, but there were family considerations as well.

Michal Menet had plenty of reasons to be at Beaver Stadium Saturday. He camped at University Park in June, received an offer in early August and has remained in steady contact with Penn State since.

Recruits take unofficial visits for a plethora of reasons. Checking out an interested program always tends to top the list, but learning more about a position coach, watching a game in person and seeing a campus with family is often just as important. For Menet, though, seeing the Lions' opponent was right up there, as well.

No, Eastern Michigan is not recruiting the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Class of 2016 tackle from Exeter Township (Reading, Pa.) High. But the Eagles did recruit his brother, Christian. He was the first commitment to head coach Ron English's Class of 2012, yet without looking for him, you wouldn't have seen him Saturday. <

Christian wasn't in pads or a helmet. A neck injury ended his career before it really even began, yet English and company made him a de-facto assistant coach, which will keep him around the program at least until he graduates.

So while Michal was learning more about Penn State, one of three programs to offer to date, he was also getting to see his brother, too. And in the vicious cycle that is recruiting, family often means everything.

"It was a good game to come up to and see my brother for a little bit and be around Penn State for a little bit," Menet said. "It was good to see more of what it is like, and to get to a game.

"My brother is an assistant coach -- he's a sophomore now -- so it was just great to see him."

Menet has factored plenty in Exeter's unblemished record to date after two weeks of high school action. He plays both way, at least for now, lining up at left tackle on offense and multiple spots on the defensive line. He is being primarily recruited as an offensive tackle, he said.

One of a bevy of Pennsylvania players to attend the Lions' Underclassmen Camp in June, its where he first met PSU's defensive coordinator and recruiting point man John Butler. He also spent plenty of time with O-line coach Mac McWhorter.

"I worked with Coach Mac, and I learned a lot about what to do, and do better, in pass sets," Menet said. "l learned that's very important, and that it's also very important to not overstep too much, and stay very balanced and stay quick off the ball.

"He's very passionate," he added when asked about Butler. "I think every coach needs to be like that to be successful, and he has the will to win and the will to drive his players to greatness and excellence."

Menet said Penn State likes his size and agility, so much so it extended the early offer. It came as a surprise to the high school sophomore, who also holds verbal offers from Rutgers and Temple.

Communication is one of the elements Menet prides himself on, along with trying to be a leader for his Exeter team. He saw plenty of both traits in Penn State's offensive line, one that kept Lions' quarterback Christian Hackenberg relatively clean despite surrendering four sacks to Eastern Michigan.

"I thought it was a great time. [Hackenberg] had pretty much all day to throw, and though they let up a few sacks, that happens," Menet said. "They worked together really well. If someone didn't have anyone to block, they did a good job of helping each other out.

"They looked really coached up, and like they knew what they were doing. The whole atmosphere was just incredible; the student section is nonstop the whole game. They always say one team, one family, and it really does seem like everybody knows everybody. It's a great atmosphere."

Menet hasn't ruled out taking any other unofficial visits this fall, though his schedule and season will dictate when and where he travels. He didn't rule out a return trip to University Park, either.

Return calls to Butler can continue to be expected, however. Menet said they speak usually once or twice a month.

"Of course, I'm weighing all of my options because it's very early," Menet said. "I'm liking Penn State so far. It seems like a great school, and I can get a real good education. They have a good football program, but like I said, I'm weighing all my options."

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