Things just got serious between Penn State and New York Class of 2018 tight end Jeremy Ruckert. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was on campus for a visit Saturday.
He left Happy Valley with an offer and a positive feel for James Franklin’s program.
"As soon as we pulled up to Beaver Stadium, the stadium gave me and my family a great first impression,” Ruckert said. “I really like the coaching staff. Just by talking to them in person, I came away impressed. They're all very cool, very smart people, and the facilities are second to none. What really stood out to me on the visit was the stadium and college football atmosphere."
So what did he hear from the PSU staff?
"All the coaches gave me all the information about Penn State that they could,” Ruckert said. “Also, (they talked about) how they envisioned me in the new offense. I just tried to absorb all I could. It was just a very humbling experience.
"Coach (James) Franklin called me into (his) office,” he added. “We had a great conversation with my family, and he said I had an offer to play at Penn State. It was a surreal moment for me."
Ruckert and his family wanted details on how he would fit into the Penn State offense. They got answers.
“They said I could be used as a hand-down tight end and get physical,” he explained. “They also said I can be used as a receiving option, and I really liked that idea. I really like the new system. Coach (Joe) Moorhead and Coach (Ricky) Rahne, they told me I would be a perfect fit in the offense
"I believe the new system at PSU and how I play would be a perfect fit,” he added.
Ruckert said he has no favorites at the moment. His upcoming visit schedule includes Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College, Alabama, Florida State, Duke, Wake Forest and Temple. He is considering trips to Mississippi State and Maryland, as well.