FRANKLY SPEAKING: PSU Visit Views

Get a review of some recent and upcoming visitors to Happy Valley to check out what Penn State, James Franklin and his football program have to offer.

Though it wasn't an overly active recruiting day, Penn State continued its trend of hosting visitors to kick off the week.

We break it down, and detail some visits, in Tuesday's Frankly Speaking.


Breaking Down Lonardo's Visit

Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic has a pair of playmakers in the class of 2015, and though receiver Freddie Simmons has received much chatter to date, it was one of his teammates that made it to campus first.

Dante Lonardo is a 6-foot-4, 245 pound defensive end for Catholic, and visited Monday on the invite of Lions' defensive line coach Sean Spencer.

I'll have more on the visit Tuesday, but it appears the trend of every coach and available Lasch staffer greeting prospects in the lobby upon arrival will be a mainstay. Jake Cooper sid he experienced, as did Pittsburgh area tackle Tyler Hudanick, and Lonardo was welcome the same way.

Though Lonardo said it was a tad overwhelming, he called the greeting "really cool."

Penn State did not offer Lonardo, and he has yet to pick up his first offer, but is likely to visit again in the spring or early summer.

Read the full report here.


Gonzalez Planning Trip

A few weeks back, Union Hill (N.J.) Union City class of 2015 offensive tackle Steven Gonzalez was supposed to visit Penn State for the Lions' Junior Day. Surgery, and the recovery process, kept him home though.

The junior wrote in a message to Fight On State Monday that he believes he has found a new date to visit University Park, and also has a few other trips in mind.

"Most likely March 28," Gonzalez wrote in a message. "Ohio State in the spring, also Boston College, and also South Carolina in the spring or summer," he added on other stops.

Gonzalez recently moved Rutgers into third on his list following a visit to the Scarlet Knights' campus for Junior Day. Ohio State still sits atop his list, with Penn State number two, but I continue to like where the Lions sit at this early stage.


Junior Eyeing Return Trip

Cheshire (Conn.) Academy class of 2015 quarterback Patrick Kehoe was on campus for Junior Day Feb. 15, and now, the signal caller is planning a return trip.

"Me and [brother and junior tight end MJ] are going to Rutgers March 29th for their Junior Day and them I'm going to be going to be going back to Penn State on April 5 for spring practice," Kehoe wrote in a message.

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound passer doesn't have an...


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