First Official Visit Is A Big Hit

<b>Daryll Clark</b>, an athletic quarterback from Youngstown, Ohio with 10 scholarship offers including one from Penn State, took an official visit to State College this past weekend. How was it?

Name: Daryll Clark
Position: QB
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Hometown/School: Ursuline HS, Youngstown, OH


"Man, it was nice man," Daryll said Sunday afternoon not long after returning from State College. "It was all around nice. They really showed a lot of hospitality. They really took care of the players, the recruiting players that were up there. Michael Robinson, #12 for them, I was with him and hung out with him after we split apart. My dad went up there with us and Joe Paterno had a party for the parents. The parents went to Joe Paterno's house and we went with the players to a couple parties."

What stood out about the visit?

"What stood out was how friendly they were up there, they made sure we were fed, talking to the coaches and getting to know people. All of the recruits that committed, just getting to know everybody, getting to know the company that you're going to have if you happen to go to that college. And, Michael Robinson, he's a great guy. He was a real great guy. Being around him and the rest of his friends, I think he hung out with the starting corner and a defensive end. We were all together for most of the time, so it was real fun."

Although the Nittany Lion coaching staff did not pressure him for a decision, they did talk to him at length about the current quarterback situation at Penn State.

"They really broke it down. That's one thing that reall stood out about this week. The quarterback coach, Jay Paterno, was real thorough on what he had to tell me as far as the depth chart goes and everything. Zack Mills is going to be a senior next year, Michael Robinson's going to be a junior next year and there's another quarterback (Chris Ganter) who's going to be a junior next year.

"I'd probably redshirt my freshman year and then try to compete for a position the very next year."

Clark still plans to make several more official visits before making a final decision. He plans to visit West Virginia, Toledo, Nebraska and Iowa. West Virginia was scheduled for this weekend, but that has apparently changed.

"It was cancelled. I think West Virginia cancelled all of their visits for next week because the students wouldn't be in school. So, I don't have anything scheduled for next week. I think all of my visits are going to be in January."

Does he have a favorite?

"I don't know, man. Yes and no, because I like Penn State, but I still like West Virginia. We'll see when I take that visit to West Virginia."

What would he rate his first official visit on a scale of 1 to 10?

"I'll give it an 8. I loved it. I loved it for real."

Clark's father was equally impressed.

"He loved it too. He loved hanging out with Joe Paterno. He and Joe Paterno talked for a long time about everything."

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