When Tennessee defensive tackle Rutger Reitmaier visited Penn State back in March, he received an offer from the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder said he now has 14 offers, and a strong group of schools is recruiting him the hardest.
”Tennessee, Nebraska, Duke and Penn State," he said, adding schools that have yet to offer but that are showing interest include Clemson, Michigan and Oregon.
As for the Nittany Lions, he said, "I think Penn State would be a good fit for me.”
And vice-versa. Head coach James Franklin and defensive line coach Sean Spencer let him know that.
“They tell me they have a major need at the defensive tackle position and they think I'm the perfect fit for them,” Reitmaier said.
Reitmaier was at The Opening New Jersey last weekend, and said he decided to attend that specific event because he has family in the southern part of the state (see video above). So he has been familiar with the Nittany Lions all along.
“I like Penn State, just because I know who they are,” he said.
Reitmaier is working on travel plans for the near future.
"I don't have any visits set in stone yet,” he said. “My dad and I are still trying to get things scheduled. I hope to be visiting Penn State in the next month or so."
Reitmaier said he does not have any favorites at this point, but that he appreciates the effort he’s seen from the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. He plans to make his decision this summer, but will delay things if he still has to gather more information on the schools recruiting him.
In the meantime, on Monday Reitmaier announced he received an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.