Pennsylvania four-star offensive line recruit Michal Menet recently joked that he had made so many recruiting visits to Penn State that he could conduct the tours the prospects receive while on campus.
But he was back checking out things again Saturday, and with good reason. This time, his mom, stepfather and younger brother traveled with him to Happy Valley for the first time.
Previously, he had made trips with his dad, stepmother and older brother.
It was really good, Menet said of having his mom along Saturday. It was very important to me for her to see it. She loves it. She enjoyed herself a lot.
Menet was in town for a CBS Sports photo shoot in State College earlier in the day, and like many of the athletes involved used the occasion to work in a visit to Penn State.
He enjoyed watching practice. But his mom was more impressed with the meal at Beaver Stadium that followed and then a tour of Lasch Building. He introduced her to the PSU coaches, and head coach James Franklin and offensive line coach Herb Hand spent the most time with the family.
She said, 'Michal, is that how you're treated everywhere you go?' Menet said with a laugh. I said, 'Yeah mom, pretty much.'
“It was really good. It was very important to me for her to see it. She loves it. She enjoyed herself a lot.”
The PSU practice was the second Menet had seen, as he also visited during spring ball last year. But the full-pad session was an eye-opener.
I forgot how fast everyone moved, and they really get after it, Menet said. They hit a lot more than you would think.
Menet spent most of the practice chatting with fellow Pennsylvania four-star O-lineman Connor McGovern, who committed to Penn State earlier this month.
I asked him a couple of things about why he chose to come to Penn State, Menet said. And we talked about how our seasons ended up. We both played basketball as well, so we talked about that, too. Just things of that nature.
It was the first time the two had met, and Menet said he enjoyed getting to know another high-profile lineman.
We have very similar personalities, actually, he said. A lot of coaches told me that. I think we do. It's cool to hear from another top guy like that who is going through this and learn what his process has been like and things like that.
Menet, who had planned to visit Michigan State later this week but will reschedule the trip after some travel issues arose, also enjoyed getting to know the other prospects who participated in the photo shoot at State High's Memorial Field.
It was extremely cool to do that, he said. It was snowing most of the time we were outside. It was fun to meet some of the top players from across my part of the country.