Penn State wasted no time moving on after Ohio tight end prospect Matt Dotson picked Michigan State over the Nittany Lions.
James Franklin’s staff immediately set it sights on a standout tight end a bit farther from Happy Valley — Oklahoma three-star Reese Leitao. The powerfully built 6-foot-4, 234-pounder held offers from a host of Big Ten and Big 12 school.
Following a camp visit to Penn State Sunday, he picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions.
"Coach Franklin came to me after camp and said I tested really well,” Leitao said. “He also said that the staff sees me fitting into the new offense."
Leitao did more than just test well at the camp. On one of the highlight plays of the day, he got behind three-star safety Exree Loe deep down the field. The duo tumbled to the turf, with Leitao making a spectacular catch for a touchdown as onlookers ooh-ed and ahh-ed.
New offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead drew up the play, and along with tight ends coach Ricky Rahne watched it unfold from the offensive backfield.
“I can see myself fitting into Penn State’s new offense," Leitao said.
But the day was about more than one big play for Leitao.
"The camp was great,” he said. “Penn State’s staff definitely taught me things that I plan on taking with me. I am grateful for the Penn State offer."
Leitao is already planning a second visit to Happy Valley, saying he will spend one of his officials to see a game and spend more time at the school. But there is some interesting timing involved, considering his current game plan for picking a program.
"I don't have any favorites or a top five, but I am planning on making my college decision close to the beginning of the season,” Leitao said.
Penn State will likely take one tight end for its Class of 2017.