Penn State had over 300 prospects at their Elite Camp this past weekend and one of the biggest in attendance was 2020 offensive lineman Alex Atcavage. Atcavage, who stands at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, made his third trip to Penn State within the past three months. Atcavage visited Penn State for the first time on Apr. 1 and then attended the Blue-White Game on Apr. 22. At that point in time, Penn State's coaching staff gave him advice that has helped him improve from a physical standpoint.
"Penn State (their coaching staff) told me back in the Spring that they would love me to lose some bad weight," said Atcavage. "I weighed 325 pounds at the time. I've lost weight since then and now I weigh 310 pounds. It's helped my foot-speed drastically."
Atcavage camped this past weekend for the first time at Penn State and he was able to get coached up by offensive lineman coach Matt Limegrover.
"I talked to Coach Limegrover and we talked about the things that I need to improve on before the season gets here," said Atcavage. "The top two things for me to work on are getting quicker feet and improving my hand speed."
Given the fact that Atcavage is going into his sophomore season, it shouldn't be a surprise that he still has a few things to work on. However, one of the things that you can't teach is size.
"They are impressed with my size," said Atcavage. "They like the way I move in small spaces. Coach (Ricky) Rahne, who is the recruiter for my area, said that they see me as a player with a lot of potential. Size-wise, they compare me to (former Penn State commit) Chris Bleich."
Although it's early in the recruiting process for Atcavage, his family ties to the school could play a factor down the road.
"I've followed Penn State football ever since I was a kid. My grandparents are alumni of Penn State. They've (Penn State) have always been in my heart."
Cleezy's Extra points: Atcavage currently doesn't have any plans to take any other visits before the season starts. He says he's hearing a lot from Pitt and Boston College and will try to attend a game between the two teams during the season. Atcavage says he wants to make it up to Penn State during one of their "White-Out" games so he can get a feel for the atmosphere.