Latest Offer Excites Boudreaux

Orlando, Fla., Bishop Moore 2016 tackle is high on Penn State after the Lions offered Tuesday.

Parker Boudreaux is "super excited" to have a Penn State offer. He'll explain it to anyone who will listen.

The Orlando, Fla., Bishop Moore Class of 2016 offensive tackle has 12 offers to date, but considers the one that came Tuesday from the Nittany Lions his biggest yet.

"I got in contact with them about three months ago, and I was always in contact with Coach [Herb] Hand," Boudreaux said. "He's really cool, and definitely one of the coolest offensive line coaches I've met. I could see myself working with him."

Boudreaux went on to cite Hand's lengthy coaching career and propensity to get linemen to the NFL as the reasons for his excitement, even if a different Penn State assistant stopped by his school Tuesday.

Instead, it was defensive backs coach Terry Smith who traveled to the Sunshine State to meet with Bishop Moore head coach Matt Hedrick. The duo watched the tackle's film a few times, Boudreaux said his coach told him, before Smith informed Hedrick Penn State was offering his sophomore tackle. Later, Smith and Boudreaux spoke by phone.

"He focused on how big I was; he said he wanted to come to my school to check me out," the tackle said. "He said I was the best looking 6-foot-4 prospect he's seen. He thought I was taller, and said I carried my weight really good."

Penn State's academic reputation, its tradition and its fan base were all factors the sophomore pointed to while explaining his excitement.

"I'm definitely going to visit this summer," Boudreaux said. "I like Penn State because of their academics, football and the fans. The stadium, facilities, and obviously the people and the city would be awesome. Just everything about it; it seems like a cool place to be."

He added distance will not be a factor in his recruitment.

"I've been in Florida all my life, and was born in Louisiana," Boudreaux said. "I just want to kind of get away and be in a new place trying new things."

Much of Bishop Moore's nucleus returns for the 2014 season from an 8-3 effort last fall, and the tackle believes his program is primed for big things.

He believes his recruitment may follow a similar track, and thus college visits will become a part of daily life. The tackle said he already has outlined criteria regarding what he wants to look for while on campuses.

"I want to see how good the fit is with academics, whether it is a football town or just a regular school, and the school itself, because a degree matters more than football," Boudreaux said.

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