At the time quarterback Sean Clifford committed to Penn State, the Nittany Lions had just came off 2014 season campaign in which they finished with a 7-6 record. PSU would post the same record during the 2015 season and went into the 2016 season with one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten. Penn State would finish the 2016 season as Big Ten champions and with a Rose Bowl appearance.
Clifford, who was the first commit in PSU's 2017 class, took his official visit this past weekend and got to spend time with his future teammates. He said he always believed in Penn State and was not surprised at the success of the 2016 season.
“I wasn’t surprised one bit,” Clifford said. “I saw this coming back when I was a sophomore.”
Clifford has been a leader among Penn State’s 2017 class and thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Penn State this past weekend.
“This visit was different from my other ones to Penn State because I was around our whole class (2017 commits) at the same time,” Clifford said. “We are already very close and I’m excited about the future with my brothers. My family and I got to hang out with all of the coaches and commits. We really enjoyed that.”
Clifford, who missed some games during his senior season due to injury, says he should be fine by the time he has to report to Penn State.
“I just had posterior-labrum surgery,” Clifford said when asked about his health status. “I am getting there.”
Clifford is looking forward to starting his college career at Penn State and has some advice for any current recruits about the whole process.
“It’s an honor to be in such a great position,” he said. "I have been blessed during my high school career and I thank God for putting me in this position. I would tell underclassmen to trust the process and don't get too caught up in recruiting. High school football is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you want to embrace every second of it.”