Emerging From Under the Radar

Buffalo offensive lineman Urschel is beginning to generate serious interest. Where does Penn State stand?

At 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, John Urschel would figure to have a difficult time flying under any radar. Yet that is exactly what the big offensive lineman from Canisius High in Buffalo has done for the past year.

Despite enjoying an outstanding high school career, Urschel has been something of an unknown in national recruiting circles. But he has begun to generate serious interest of late, particularly in the Northeast.

“John has offers from Stanford, Syracuse, Buffalo, Boston College and Penn State," Canisius coach Brandon Harris said. "He is also getting a lot of interest from Miami (Fla.) recently and all of the Ivy League schools are after him. He is a great student.

"Everyone is recruiting him as an offensive lineman right now, but they also love his explosiveness on the defensive line," Harris added. "The kid is huge. He has like no body fat, so the schools love that he could put on more weight. He is like a skill player in a big man's body."

Canisius runs a single-back offense, so Urschel is well versed in both run and pass blocking.

"We run a lot of different sets and John was great for us," Harris said. "We ran behind him a lot and when we ran to the other side we had him pull for us and ran behind him."

In the midst of our interview with Harris, he received a phone call that he had to take. It was from Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, who happened to be in Buffalo to meet with Urschel and his family.

"Penn State is coming after him real hard," Harris said. "John is taking a visit to Penn State on the weekend of the 16th (of January). It is an official visit."

For his part, Urschel is thrilled that the Nittany Lions are taking interest.

“Penn State just started recruiting me in the beginning of December,” Urschel said. “Coach McQueary has been recruiting me pretty hard for them. I have always been a big fan of the Big Ten and it was just like a dream come true when Penn State offered. I am visiting them in two weeks and I think I will probably commit then. I am not going to take any more visits after Penn State. I am very excited for the visit and to meet Coach Joe Paterno. He is a legend and I will be honored.”

We will keep you up to speed on Urshel's recruitment as it unfolds.

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