Prior to visiting Penn State for its Junior Day this weekend, New Jersey defensive end Marcellus Earlington told FightOnState.com that he had a feeling he was about to receive an offer from the Nittany Lions.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound three-star prospect from powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey proved to be prophetic.
"Coach (James) Franklin personally offered me,” Earlington said Saturday evening. “He told me he really liked my film and could see me being a special player at Penn State. With my father and mother with me, it made me feel special. Penn State felt like home to me and my family."
Earlington did more than talk to the PSU head coach, though.
"We took a tour of the campus and the facilities,” he explained. “Then we had lunch with the staff where we could meet and talk to the coaches, and then we watched film with our position coaches.
"(D-line) Coach (Sean) Spencer and I spoke during the film,” he added. “He told me he likes the way I play and thinks I could be very a good pass rusher at PSU."
Earlington does not have a list of favorite programs just yet, but admitted Penn State is in good position. In fact, as he patiently works his way through the recruiting process, he is already thinking about another trip to University Park.
"I don't have any plans to visit any other school (in the near future), but I am planning my return trip to Happy Valley for the spring game,” he said.
From a big-picture perspective, however, Earlington intends to take all of his official visits before making a college decision.