ASA defensive tackle Gilbert Pena finished his season with 51 tackles, 16.5 for losses, 5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles, was invited to play in the JUCO All-American bowl, and has been quite busy ever since.
The 6-foot4, 315 pound defensive lineman already took official visits to UNC at the end of October, and to South Florida on Nov 20th for the Pitt game, saying he had "An amazing time." He took an un-official visit to Rutgers last weekend and is set to visit Ole Miss this weekend, but his schedule doesn't end there, as he's receiving in-home visits as well, with one down and two on tap.
"I had an in-home visit with a Coach from Syracuse," said Pena. "Had a great talk, and ate some of mom's cooking. Got a feel for what Syracuse is about a little more."
The JUCO stand-out says he has two more on tap for today
"I already met with Coach Rahne from Kansas State," said Pena. "And Ole Miss should be coming later today."
Gilberts schedule will continue to be busy going forward.
"I'll be at Ole Miss from the 3rd to the 5th," said Pena. "Then I'll be at Kansas State on the 6th."
Pena still would have one more official visit left, and thinks he'll use it.
Pena is playing in the National JUCO All-Star game on December 13th so he can't go anywhere on that weekend
The ASA DT already visited USF, saying he had an amazing time and loved his visit and was impressed with the Bulls big win over Miami.
"That was a good game said Pena. "I didn't get chance to see it, but I heard all about it, it was a good win for them."
How did the win affect how Pena feels about USF?
"The Bulls have always been a top contender," said Pena. "They have a good team and have a great coaching staff."
Earlier Pena says that he favored North Carolina, USF, Kansas State, and Ole Miss, does that still ring true?
"Yeah pretty much," said Pena. "I think next week it will be down to a top three."
The coveted DT will have two years of eligibility remaining, and he is trying to enroll in a four-year school in January, so a decision will most likely come sooner than later.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Gilbert Pena and the rest of the 2011 signing class.