PSU a Favorite for Wiz Kid

Stefen Wisniewski's offer sheet continues to expand. At this point, it is growing exponentially. He has already become on of the nation's most coveted prospects, but for Wisniewski, he is taking everything in stride.

“It's been going good,” Wisniewski said. “It starts early nowadays. A bunch of schools are talking to me and I have a bunch of offers.”

Specifically, Wisniewski rattled off a laundry list of schools that have already extended written offers, including Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers, Temple, Akron, Boston College, Stanford, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia.

Wisniewski, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman prospect from Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh, attended Penn State's Junior Day a few weeks ago and will make a return to Happy Valley shortly.

“I was at Junior Day,” Wisniewski said. “It was a good visit. I got to talk to some coaches and got a tour of everything. I liked the visit a lot.”

The popular question for Wisniewski is to what extent, if any, his family ties with Penn State put the Nittany Lions in any sort of favored position. Stefen is the son of Leo Wisniewski and the nephew of Steve Wisniewski, both former Penn State linemen and NFL players.

“With my dad going to Penn State, that just means that they're kind of a school that I'm comfortable with,” Wisniewski said. “I know a lot about them early. I've followed them because my dad and uncle went there. I know I would be comfortable there. It's easy for them to be an early favorite because I know so much about them.

“I guess there is a little pressure for some people. Ultimately, I'm going to go to the best school, whether or not my dad went there.”

Wisniewski listed Penn State, along with a few other schools, at the top of his list at this point in his recruitment.

“I would say that Penn State is one of my early favorites,” Wisniewski said. “Some of the others at the top are Michigan, Stanford and Boston College.”

Currently, Penn State is recruiting Wisniewski to play on either the offensive of defensive side of the ball. However, Wisniewski stated that he has expressed a preference to play on one side.

“They have told me that they would like me at either the defensive or offensive line,” Wisniewski said. “I have told them that I would like to play offensive line. As a result, I've talked to Dick Anderson and learned a lot about their O-line philosophies.”

Even more, Wisniewski does have a preference for a spot to play on the offensive line.

“I'd probably project as a guard or center,” he said.

While the recruiting season remains in its infancy, Wisniewski said he has not set up a specific timetable for when he wants to make a commitment to a school.

“As far as time, whenever I know for sure is when I will commit,” Wisniewski said. “At least right now, I think I'll have to take my visits. It will probably be after taking my visits.”

Wisniewski will head back to Happy Valley this weekend and will be in attendance at Penn State's Blue-White Game. His dad will be working on the telecast of the game.

“I just plan on going up and enjoying it,” Wisniewski said. “The Junior Day visit was where I got a lot of the information I needed. I think watching the Blue-White Game is just fun and I'm going up to enjoy the weekend.”


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