For many of the prospects attending Penn State's recent Junior Day, the event was a chance to learn about the very tangible elements of the program and university.
Buses carted the recruits to all of the important parts of campus. Later, the youngsters and their families were encouraged to explore massive Beaver Stadium and all of the amenities in Lasch Football Building.
Pennsylvania Class of 2016 four-star offensive lineman Michal Menet took part in some of that. But he's the first to admit it was not necessary.
I probably could have given the tours by now, to be very honest, he said with a laugh.
Counting summer football camps and recruiting visits, Menet had been to Penn State roughly half a dozen times before the recent Junior Day. So his latest visit -- which actually spanned a Saturday and Sunday -- was different for him than it was for most of the high school underclassmen on hand.
Though Menet is still a junior at Exeter Township High in Reading, he has been heavily recruited since before his sophomore season. As such, he has been out and about attending camps and making visits for nearly two years now.
He intends to make a decision on a school before his senior season begins, so he is much further along in the process than many Class of 2016 prospects.
I specifically told the coaches, these (recent) trips are not about the facilities, they are about the people, said Brian Menet, Michal's dad. So get him in front of the coaches, get him hanging out with the players.
Added Michal, It really was about the people, the whole trip.
So rather than just hit the Junior Day routine (which was on the Saturday), Michal stayed overnight and spent extra time with the PSU coaches and players.
It went really well, he said. I had some good quality time with Coach (James) Franklin, Coach (John) Donovan, Coach (Herb) Hand, Coach (Sean) Spencer — all of the coaches really.
“It went really well. I had some good quality time with Coach (James) Franklin, Coach (John) Donovan, Coach (Herb) Hand, Coach (Sean) Spencer — all of the coaches really.”
Also with some of the players, he added. I met a couple of the commits that they have, and then some of their current players as well. I stayed the night with some of them.
Menet hung out the most with Nittany Lion redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Nelson. He was impressed.
Everything he said really reflected the things the coaches were saying, Menet said. And the thing that stood out the most to me that he told me is that everyone on the team is like one big family.
He said he'd been many places, through his recruitment making visits and everything, and he hasn't seen anything like what they have at Penn State, Menet added. So that's pretty cool to hear.
On Saturday night, Menet had a chance to meet many of the Nittany Lions, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg, defensive end Anthony Zettel and tight end Adam Breneman. Former PSU standout and current Baltimore Ravens starting offensive guard John Urschel was also around.
When he got back to school Monday, there were a lot of questions about who he met.
It's extremely cool, Menet said. So many people at my school and everything, they talk about a bunch of these people. And it's like, 'Oh yeah, I was just with him the other day, I just met him.'
So it just kind of makes me realize even more, like, wow, I'm extremely lucky to be in this position, he added.
Sunday morning included breakfast with the Penn State staff, and then the sort of interactions with the coaches Menet wanted. That included talking to Franklin, breaking down film with Hand and getting to know strength coach Dwight Galt.
He accomplished what he wanted, Brian Menet said. It was kind of the refresher on the school, and better, more quality time with the coaches and the players. Getting a better feel for the people that are there.
It was fun, the younger Menet added. I really enjoyed myself. I got everything out of it that I wanted to.