Penn State Class of 2018 offensive tackle commit Chris Bleich was back on campus June 17, taking part in the Nittany Lions’ first Elite Camp of the summer.
He was back in Pennsylvania for good, too. After his sophomore season at Wyoming Valley West High in Plymouth, Pa., Bleich (pronounced BLY-sh) transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with the intent of finishing his high school career there.
But after a semester in Florida, he decided the belonged back in the Coal Region.
"At the end of the day, it wasn't for me,” he explained. “I truly felt back home was better for my training and development for my last year and a half of high school. I know a lot of people may be dumbfounded by this.
“Were there things I lacked in training back home where IMG was better?” he added. “Yes. But what I learned from IMG, I took back home and incorporated into my training program. So far everything has been going great."
Though only headed into his junior year at Wyoming Valley West, there was no mistaking who Bleich was at Penn State’s camp. At 6-foot-6, 299 pounds, he towered over most other campers.
Bleich’s enjoyed being able to work under his future college coaches.
"I went down to PSU to learn a few things,” he said. “Coach (Matt) Limegrover and all the other coaches at Penn State helped me out with hand placement and kick slide.”
Bleich was also able to spend some time with PSU head coach James Franklin.
“He said I had a good camp and we talked a little bit on how my body changed in a good way,” said Bleich, who had previously weighed as much as 330 pounds.
Bleich is looking to get back to Happy Valley sometime before August, but said at this point nothing is set in stone. What is set in stone, however, is his commitment to Franklin’s program.
"As long as the (current) coaches are there, it's 100 percent solid,” he said.null