Jake Zembiec announced last week that he was ready to pick a college. Hours later, he decided to take a step back.
The Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas quarterback figured he could wait a little bit longer to decide, considering he’s a 2016 prospect and won’t sign for a long time. So he planned a visit, for next weekend, to see Michigan State battle Penn State. Fittingly, both schools have begun to stand out for the three-star passer.
“I’m definitely still open, but basically throughout the process, those are the two I’ve spent the most time with and it just feels right to have it come down to those two,” Zembiec said. “And, the other thing about each school is, I fit in.”
Come Nov. 29, he will fit in with a crowd of blue and white to watch the Lions’ regular-season finale against the Spartans. It will be his second trip to campus this fall, as he saw the Lions lose to Northwestern back in September. Besides that, though, he has visited University Park in March, June and August of this year.
The latest visit comes on the heels of increased contact with Penn State head coach James Franklin, who has taken full advantage of his ability to contact the 6-foot-3, 205 pound gunslinger through social media.
“Coach Franklin and I have been talking a lot on Twitter, and just his thoughts and the classes they got coming in, in 2015 and 2016, and really even though there might be some struggles this year, they just came into the program and it’s just the beginning,” Zembiec said.
“He really wants me to believe that, and being around them so much and seeing how hard they practice, I think he’s telling me the truth and that they’re going to turn it around.”
His visit is not about needing another reason to believe that, though. Rather, he wants to see the Beaver Stadium atmosphere, and also learn how the Spartans play on the road.
“I just love being up there, first of all,” Zembiec said. “I had a really good time [at the Northwestern game]. But I think it’s going to be a different experience and environment with a team like Michigan State. It will be really intense, and I’m excited to see that.”
From the Spartans, the quarterback wants to see if their home demeanor transfers over to a road game. He visited East Lansing earlier this year.
“I really liked it when I went to Michigan State, and I love the way they play and the kind of swag they’re playing with.” Zembiec said. “I’m going to be watching them, too. To see if they bring the same intensity and energy in an away game.”
Zembiec has no set timetable for a decision, and no other visits planned.