Zembiec Gives the Lowdown on Recruitment, PSU

Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas 2016 quarterback was on hand for the Lions’ setback against Northwestern. Where do they stand in his recruitment?

Jake Zembiec has been to Penn State more than any other program. The Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas three-star quarterback has seen James Franklin’s team in the spring, summer and fall.

It has seen plenty of the junior, too. Offensive line coach Herb Hand and quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne saw him throw back in the spring. He visited to fine tune his technique at a camp in the summer. And he was in attendance for the Lions’ 29-6 setback to Northwestern Saturday.

Despite his familiarity, though, Zembiec maintains his recruitment is open. The Lions make up one program in a top five that includes Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Boston College and UCF.

“I love being around the place, even the town and not just football,” Zembiec said of PSU. “It’s one of those things where, yeah, I’m always there more than any other school, but it’s so close to home.”

The Lions pulled out plenty of stops for Zembiec Saturday, including pregame chats with multiple assistants, a talk with head coach James Franklin on the turf during warmups, and a personal meeting before the family left Sunday morning.

“I definitely had a lot of fun at the game,” Zembiec said. “It was really exciting and an intense atmosphere with the student section. Being in the front row there when the team came out was a great experience.”

A moment or two with the coaches before kickoff was the best part, though.

“I thought it was cool how the coaches were in the lounge for us,” Zembiec said. “I didn’t really think that was something they’d do, but it shows you how much they care about the recruits.

“I liked it a lot, too, when the students were screaming my name and stuff. It was no one I knew or had affiliation with. It just shows how deep the connection is.”

Other highlights included hanging out with Penn State commits Shane Simmons (who Zembiec played on Team USA with previously) and Adam McLean and getting to know Rahne on a deeper level.

‘He’s just a really good guy,” Zembiec said. “He tells me to keep things in perspective and wants me to know how bad they want me, but he doesn’t want me to feel pressured and to enjoy the process.

“He’s a really great guy, and understands the big picture.”

Zembiec is currently out of action with an injured wrist, but hopes to get back on the field soon. He is looking at visiting Michigan State, and added he would like to return to Beaver Stadium for its whiteout game with Ohio State.

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