Whitehead Recaps Return Trip to PSU

The Monaca, Pa. Central Valley four-star corner made his second trip of the year to University Park Saturday, seeing something different in the process.

Little was different at Penn State Saturday from the last time Jordan Whitehead visited University Park in February. That said, the tempo was.

The Monaca, Pa. Central Valley four-star cornerback zoomed around campus from position meetings to team gatherings to a facilities tour and Beaver Stadium. That's not to mention the Lions eighth spring practice, which gave the junior the opportunity to see his potentially future coaches at work.

"It was good," Whitehead said of the visit. "When I got there, I just talked to all the coaches. Then, we went to the team meeting, defensive meetings, and watched practice.

"It was more individual; there weren't as many [recruits] there, and the practice was a good practice."

Whitehead kept a close eye on corners coach Terry Smith throughout the practice, and met with he, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, and head coach James Franklin following it.

Smith is laid back, according to Whitehead, but quick to instruct. Franklin, he said, is different than other head coaches he's seen throughout his recruitment.

"He seems like he's more into it," Whitehead said.

As for Shoop, the corner stopped into the coach's Lasch Building office for a chat about how he would fit into Penn State's defense, along with some film study.

"[Shoop] was just telling me the role I can play in the defense," Whitehead said. "He just said he could see me playing nickel [upon his arrival to campus] or even actually playing corner if they moved one of their corner's to safety.

"Of course, there would be other corners there too, so I'd have to earn it."

Franklin talked some football, Whitehead said, but most of his message was geared around what the university has to offer, and the fact that its academics and alumni network rank among the top schools in the country.

No further visits dot the junior's schedule, and the five schools he has focused on – Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Michigan State – remain the same.

The junior added he has no timetable set for a decision.

"Penn State was at the top of the five [before the visit] and I would say it's still up there," Whitehead said. "I'll know when I'm ready to decide when I know. I don't really want to rush it."


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