Visit Better Than Expected

If his recent trip to University Park was any indication of things to come, Antonio Logan-El may have a more difficult decision then he had anticipated. Expectations were exceeded and his family was thoroughly impressed with all the Nittany Lions had to offer.

Antonio Logan-El said Happy Valley left a lasting impression on some key people, and he laughed as he told the story.

“My family loved it. My grandfather said, ‘Let’s go home.’ I didn’t know what to say. I just said, what do you mean, we just got here? He told me, ‘I’m ready to go, I know this is where I want you to be.’ But we still stayed for the rest of the day.”


Yes, you could say the family of the Forestville (Md.) offensive lineman went away impressed with what they saw during their recent unofficial visit to Penn State. More importantly for Penn State and its faithful followers, how did one of the nation’s top linemen enjoy himself?  

“It went very well. It went better then I had expected,” he reported.

“When we got there me, my mom and my grandfather ate breakfast with Coach Larry Johnson. We then took a tour of the facilities and the campus,” he added. “We met the rest of the coaching staff and some of the players. Then my family met up with Derrick Williams and ate lunch.”  

The trip was not all business as Logan-El and one of his best friends (and another prized target of the Nittany Lions) Aaron Maybin went bowling.

“We went bowling, all of us,” Logan El said. “Me and Aaron are looking at possibly going to the same school together. Me, Aaron and Derrick were hanging out and touring around, he was telling us where to go and where not to go around town.”

Logan-El also met with the academic staff at Penn State.

“I got to talk to them about the academics and my intended major, which will be criminal justice or business law.”  

By the end of the visit, Logan-El came away as impressed as his grandfather. Logan-El committed to Maryland after his sophomore season, but has since re-opened his recruitment, and the Nittany Lions are in the thick of it.

“I really don’t think the trip could have gone any better then it did,” he said. “Maryland was No. 1, but now it’s Penn State and Maryland who are No. 1 in my top five. I set an official visit for Oct. 8 for the Ohio State game [a night contest], but I think I have to change it now. We had a game scheduled for 1:00 p.m. [that day] and I could have made it up there, but now our game was changed to 3:30 p.m., so I’ll need to reschedule.”


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