Pittsburgh Penn Hills has only played two games, meaning no new offers have come in for Billy Kisner just yet.
Colleges across the Mid-Atlantic told the Class of 2016 athlete that they would evaluate him after three games before considering extending an offer. It didn’t bother the 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior corner/receiver back in the summer, and it sure doesn’t now.
“Penn State was really fun,” Kisner said. “It was nice just to get there and get a lot of attention from the coaches.”
The Indians are 2-0, and the junior is a big reason why. He’s passed for a score, ran for three more, and chipped in on defense and special teams, as well.
It’s not surprising, then, that he’s caught the eye of Lions’ coach James Franklin. Penn State likes him as a defensive back, as does Temple, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, which have all shown increased interest of late.
“Coach Franklin asked for me right away, and I met him at the 50 [yard line],” Kisner said. “He said he’s excited about how versatile I am on the field, and that he likes what he’s seen. He said I should expect to hear from him in a few weeks.”
Besides Franklin, the junior also spoke with the Lions’ corners coach, Terry Smith, and also took in the sights and sounds of PSU’s win.
Kisner ended up spending most of Saturday in Happy Valley, seeing Beaver Stadium and the game first before checking out the surrounding State College area afterward.
“It means a lot to me, just seeing how the stadium was and how family oriented the whole atmosphere was,” Kisner said. “It was real nice to see everything, and how I was treated.”
His chat with Smith followed the game.
“I was talking to him a lot, and he was letting me know that he was watching my games really close,” Kisner said. “He wants me to play defensive back, but at the same time, [if he came to Penn State], they wouldn’t be afraid to put the ball in my hands on offense.”
Penn Hills has a showdown with Central Valley next week, which is home to one of Penn State’s top remaining 2015 targets, four-star corner Jordan Whitehead.
It’s one of the better tests on the Indians’ slate this year, and Kisner said he’s excited for it. He added he will visit Pittsburgh for its clash with Iowa Sept. 20, and also plans to see games at Temple and West Virginia before the end of October.
The junior said Penn Hills’ connection to the Mountaineers, plus a recent increase in interest from their staff, makes West Virginia an enticing program.
“West Virginia is a really nice place,” he said. “I know one of Penn Hills’ alums [Cullen Christian] is up there, and I was training with him. He’s playing right now, and I know Dravon Henry because I played on travel 7-on-7 teams with him.”