Penn State has added its name into Saint Xavier (Ohio) offensive guard Matt Bockhorst's recruitment. The junior-to-be has nine offers -- including one from PSU -- but is garnering interest from Clemson, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Bockhorst checked out Happy Valley Friday and Saturday. He did not participate in the Nittany Lions' camp Friday, but the trip was still productive as he walked away with an offer.
My visit went very well, he said. I wish I could have done the camp, but the smartest idea was just let my body rest. Nonetheless, the visit was very valuable. I had met Coach (Herb) Hand multiple times before, but getting a feel for his coaching style (on the offensive line) was something I focused on closely and I was not disappointed. Also on the visit, I got to meet a large majority of the coaching staff, including Coach (James) Franklin and (strength) Coach (Dwight) Galt.
Coach Franklin is an outstanding guy and is a players' coach, he added. He's a guy you would want to work hard for, much like Coach Hand. Coach Galt is also great guy, and the thing that impressed me most about him was the fact that he is heavily involved in the academic side of things for the players. I have yet to find another school like that, but I find that a great tool for Penn State.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder also explained his reaction to his newest offer.
I was expecting to get offered when I had talked to Coach Hand earlier in the week, he said. I got the feeling and I'm glad I was able to make the trip. I was very excited to get the offer, but I continued to look in Coach Franklin's eye and crack a slight smile. When we got out of the office, Coach Hand asked me if he could get a 'hell yeah,' and he sure got one. As my visit went through Friday evening and Saturday morning, Penn State followed an upward trend and kept growing on me.
Where does PSU stand right now in his recruitment?
This early in the process, they are absolutely in contention, he said. I think there are more things I need to get a feel for with Penn State and multiple other schools, as well. Mainly meeting with the current players, commits, but with its academic standards and the level of football they play, I think it could be a great fit for me.
Bockhorst hopes to have a quiet summer.
I'm going on vacation Thursday and other than that I most likely won't be visiting any colleges this summer, he said. My next visit for any school will be in the fall."
Bockhorst said if everything goes well, he could make his college decision prior to next summer.