FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Talk about good timing. Just when his recruitment was starting to take off, tackle Samuel Vretman of Cheshire Academy in Connecticut won offensive line MVP honors at The Opening regional camp here Sunday.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder is a native of Sweden and has only been playing football in the United State since the fall of 2014. Vretman played a version of football over in Sweden, but realized that if he wanted to attain his dream of playing the sport at an American college, he'd have to move to the United States. So he did. He recounts the journey in the video above.
Vretman does not yet have a Penn State offer but hopes his strong showing Sunday will help convince the Nittany Lions he deserves one.
"I've been dreaming about this (the camp) — coming here and doing great — for weeks now,” he said. "It's a big thing for me.”
He currently holds offers from Rutgers, Temple, UConn, Coastal Carolina and Colorado State. Besides Penn State, he also likes Pitt.
His parents are visiting the United States at the moment, so they will be making the trip to Happy Valley with him.
"I really want to see all of the facilities and the stadium,” Vretman said. "Beaver Stadium is big, and obviously there is a lot of history there. And just meet the coaches and get a feel for what Penn State really is.”
Assistant coach Sean Spencer is Penn State's contact man for Vretman.