Fries’ Recruiting Heating Up

The New Jersey 2016 guard was back at University Park over the weekend to check out Penn State.

The last time Will Fries showed up at Penn State, he watched the Nittany Lions nearly upset now College Football Playoff contender Ohio State.

That was good. But last weekend's trip may have been better.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Cranford, N.J., offensive guard coordinated two weeks ago with area recruiter Ricky Rahne to see a Lions’ bowl practice. Fries and his family came Saturday and left with not just an understanding of the program, but also his 10th offer.

"It was amazing," Fries said. "The whole atmosphere was just awesome.

"Coach [James] Franklin was just awesome. The way practice are run, it's very organized, and it's very high intensity. The guys were motivated to prepare for Boston College."

The junior said he wasn't expecting the offer, but was thrilled when Franklin verbally offered it. The lineman, who projects as either a guard or tackle at the next level, revealed Monday it was one he always coveted.

"They were the first team that, when they started looking at me, they were the only school I really wanted an offer from," Fries said. "It's close by, my parents could come and watch me play, it's a really good school, and with the alumni I would be all set up if I don't move on to the next level."

Penn State's profile, and it's staff, is a big deal too, he said.

It was really just an awesome feeling to have such a high profile school offer me," he said. "The staff gives off a very good vibe, and they were excited to have me up there and really excited to offer me."

Fries has no other trips locked in with the dead period underway, but said he would like to visit Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse and North Carolina, among others, sometime next year.

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