Forcier High on Lions

San Diego, Calif., may not be a traditional stomping ground for Penn State coaches on the recruiting trail. But one 2009 prospect has caught the eye of the Lions. Scripps Ranch High quarterback Tate Forcier flew in to check out Penn State for the Ohio State game.

“The visit was awesome,” Forcier said. “My dad and I flew in on Friday morning and met up with Coach (Kermit) Buggs and Coach Jay Paterno. They actually took us over to check out practice on Friday, which was great. I got to meet and speak with Coach Joe Paterno, which was a real honor. It was awesome.”

The 6-foot, 183-pound Forcier was surprised by the amount of football knowledge and the passion of the Penn State fans.

“We went over to the stadium on game day and watched (PSU quarterback Anthony) Morelli lead the team off the bus ahead of Joe Paterno, and that was really awesome,” Forcier said. “My dad said that he had a lump in his throat just thinking of that being me leading the team off the bus. I was also really surprised by the fans chanting my name. I am just a junior in high school and these fans are yelling my name, saying they want me at Penn State, and just being really involved in the atmosphere. You don't see fans with that much football knowledge everywhere you go.”

Prior to kickoff, Forcier was able to check out the Penn State recruiting lounge and speak with more of the coaches, including a surprising guest.

“We all went into the recruiting lounge and we got to speak to a lot of the coaches more in there,” Forcier said. “Actually, Rick Neuheisel was in the recruiting lounge as well, which was pretty awesome. He was asking me which schools were interested and just asking me questions about myself. It was pretty awesome.”

Forcier also talked about the need for quarterbacks at Penn State and how competitive he will be.

“I talked to the Penn State coaches and they said that basically it comes down to me and Kevin Newsome for next year's quarterback class,” Forcier said. “They haven't offered me yet, but they told me that it all is riding on Terrelle Pryor. If Pryor chooses Penn State, I probably won't get an offer, which I understand because who needs Tate Forcier if you just got Terrelle Pryor. If Pryor goes elsewhere, then my offer should be on its way. Florida actually told me the same thing.

“I also met Kevin Newsome at the game on Saturday,” Forcier said. “He came over and introduced me to his parents and introduced himself to my dad. He was a really respectful guy. He wasn't a real cocky guy like some big recruits can be. It wouldn't be a bad competition between the two of us.”

Forcier stated that it looks like his recruitment hinges on Terrelle Pryor, but as soon as Pryor makes his decision, Forcier's might not be far off.

“I realize that at my position, you have to commit early because a lot of kids do and then spots get taken up,” Forcier said. “I'm going to wait to see what happens with this year's class and then probably make my decision pretty soon after that, and Penn State is one of my top choices.”

Look for more on Forcier in the coming months as an early commitment for the 2009 class is expected.


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