OL Bleich Will Be Heading Home To Play College Ball

The Pennsylvania Coal Region native is attending IMG Academy in Florida. Thursday, the Class of 2018 prospect committed to Penn State. Update: Quotes & sophomore highlights added.

In the case of Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy offensive lineman Chris Bleich, you can go home again.

Bleich, who hails from the Pennsylvania Coal Region, is playing his high school ball at IMG next season. But the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Class of 2018 standout will be heading back to the Keystone State for his college career.

After visiting campus earlier this week, Bleich committed to Penn State Thursday.

"I actually thought about committing during the visit,” Bleich told FOS recruiting reporter Patrick Loney. "The staff told me if this is the place you want to be, then do it. Just talking it over with my family, I knew (Penn State) was for me. All of my friends go there. I know a few kids on the team and it's home."

Bleich had previously played at Wyoming Valley West High in Plymouth, Pa., but transferred to IMG in January. So he is familiar with a couple of current Nittany Lions from the Coal Region.

"I actually trained with Connor McGovern and I played against Ryan Monk,” he said, referring to PSU's Class of 2016 early enrollee offensive lineman and emerging walk-on defensive tackle, respectively.

He is the second member of State's Class of 2018, joining five-star defensive end Micah Parsons. Because Bleich is so young, Nittany Lion coach James Franklin and the staff told him to think hard before making his final decision.

"They were happy about it, but they just wanted to make sure I was fully committed.” he said.  "I told the coaches I was solid to PSU, and I'm not going to break that commitment."


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