But it got better.
The Exton, Pa., Downingtown East four-star tight end got to chat at the 50-yard line with Lions’ head coach James Franklin. That topped the list of memorable moments on what he coined a good unofficial visit to Penn State for its 29-6 loss to Northwestern.
“It was an amazing atmosphere,” Angeline said. “I think they said 102,000 people were there, which is crazy. It was an awesome atmosphere to be at and a great experience.”
Franklin hasn’t made many changes to the unofficial visit agenda predecessor Bill O’Brien set. The midfield chat is the biggest, occurring only with top prospects on hand.
“That was pretty cool,” Angeline said. “He was saying how this is your place, and that you could do great things here. It means a lot because I ended up being one of the few that got to talk to him.
“He was just telling me how well I fit in with the program.”
The head coach addressed it from an academic and atmosphere standpoint. A separate chat with offensive coordinator John Donovan highlighted how he’d fit in on the field.
“He asked how my season was going, and then he said how I’d fit into the offense,” Angeline said. “They see me fitting in similar to Jesse James and Mike Gesicki: an athletic tight end that could fit in very well.”
The junior also chatted with area recruiting Josh Gattis, adding he was impressed that all three coaches found time to chat with him before kickoff.
Visits are rarely altered by the outcome, and that was the case with the tight end.
“I still think they are great,” Angeline said. “I don’t have a list or anything, but they have been one of my favorites. I like them a lot.”
For the time being, Miami and Oregon are the only other programs Angeline intends to unofficially visit. His trip to see the Ducks has no date, but the junior knows he will head to Coral Gables to see Miami battle with Florida State Nov. 15.
“I’ve been talking to the coaches [at Miami] for a while, and they really want me to go to that game and see the atmosphere,” Angeline said. “I have a big relationship with the coaches. They’ve been recruiting me really hard, and I’m looking forward to get to a game and enjoy the atmosphere.”