Carter Gives The PSU Lowdown

Kyle Carter said it was a dream come true to commit to Penn State. He is the first member of the Nittany Lions' Class of 2011.

Kyle Carter said that he grew up a Penn State fan and was thrilled to find out when the Nittany Lions pulled the trigger earlier this week and offered the tight end prospect out of Delaware.

"They were my first D-IA offer," Carter told "It was amazing to get the offer from them and the fact that it was my first made it very special."

Even more special because Carter grew up a Penn State fan. His mother went to the school and he had always followed and supported the team. As such, he was excited about the decision by the coaching staff to make him the offer. He said that he felt it might take some time before Penn State would offer him, not until after "I'd gotten a lot more offers then maybe they'd offer me."

On Tuesday night, Carter got a call from his coach at William Penn High that Ron Vanderlinden of the Penn State staff was going to be in the school on Wednesday to offer Carter. At the meeting the next day, Vanderlinden gave Carter the news. Carter smiled and told him that he was thrilled by the prospect of receiving the scholarship.

"I then told him that I had sat down and talked about it with my parents and that I wanted to commit then and there," Carter said.

At that point, Carter said that Vanderlinden was in shock and then became thrilled. They got on the phone together with Bill Kenney, the program's tight ends, coach to share the news. The news was well received in Happy Valley as everyone welcomed Carter aboard. He was told that within the next week or, he'll get a call from Joe Paterno.

Carter speculates that if he wasn't from Delaware, he would have more offers. He is excited to show people that "it's not just kids from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland that can play football; we [in Delaware] can too." He is also pleased that Penn State has consistently had a pipeline to the state and has had success with players from Delaware.

Just because Penn State was his first offer, don't expect Carter to get too intrigued by other programs. He is firm in his decision.

"I will take only one official visit and that is to Penn State," Carter said. "I'm not going anywhere. I am 110 percent committed to Penn State. I can't wait to play for them."

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