McEowen Recaps Trip

It was his first, last, and only official visit of the year, and Tom McEowen made it count. McEowen, a 6-foot-4, 280 pound defensive line prospect from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., came back from an official visit to Penn State and talked about his experience this weekend.

"We stayed in that apartment and we hung out that night and had a little fun," McEowen said. "It was nothing crazy because those guys had practice the next day."

At practice, McEowen, who was hosted for the weekend by Penn State receiver Brendan Perretta, saw the team prepare for its upcoming Orange Bowl appearance against Florida State.

"I liked the practice a lot," McEowen said. "After practice, we went on a tour of campus and went around and saw a lot of stuff. After lunch, I met some of the advisors of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. The lady I met with was awesome to talk with."

After practice and meeting with the academic advisor, McEowen was able to sit down with Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to discuss his where McEowen fits best.

"I met with Coach Johnson in his office," McEowen Said. "He projects me to be a three technique, an inside guy. He thinks I should come up around 280, which I'm at around now. It's all about speed. He's changing the way, he's trying to get a fast d-line instead of a big d-line. He's recruited all fast guys."

Current Penn State commitments defensive end Eric Latimore and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, along with undecided recruit Maurice Evans also were on official visits to Happy Valley this weekend. All four players got to spend some time together in Johnson's office.

"I liked meeting with the coaches and see the other d-line guys and what it might look like next year," McEowen said. "We were just all excited. Me and Ollie were getting hyped up during practice. We can't wait to get up there. It could be the best recruiting class ever, if [the undecided recruits] decide to take the plunge. It's all about what's best for them."

McEowen also made it clear that he made sure to plant the Penn State seed in the minds of some of the undecided recruits who were visiting for the weekend.

"Definitely, I talked with them," McEowen said. "I said ‘c'mon, you know what we can be.' I said, ‘look around you, look at how many people are here.' We'd be the best. I said that stuff, just hoping what I say makes them think a little bit."

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