Penn State hosted several underclassmen prospects this past weekend during their game against Michigan State. Freedom High School (PA) sophomore linebacker Cody Ross was among those on hand to watch the Nittany Lions clinch the Big Ten East Championship. Ross, who collected 95 solo tackles and earned All-Conference honors as linebacker, talked about his visit with Penn Preps.
"I attended one Penn State game this season (the recent one against Michigan State). I wanted to get up earlier in the season but our schedule didn't permit any of them. I was excited to attend this past weekend’s game because of what it meant to the program and what was on the line. Everything from start to finish was first class, the coaching staff and the support staff did a great job to make you feel welcome. I had the opportunity to speak to Coach (Joe) Moorehead (Offensive Coordinator), and Coach (Terry) Smith (Defensive Backs coach and Defensive recruiting coordinator) who both know the area I'm from very well. Coach Moorehead is the best because he makes you feel so welcome and comfortable.”
Ross certainly picked the right game to attend as he was able to witness Penn State make history. “The atmosphere was electric from the moment you walk through those gates in the end zone,” said Ross. “As the game started you could just feel what Penn state football is really about from the student section to the other fans. You can see why the players choose to commit there and want to go to school there.”
Ross is starting to get the attention of other FBS schools early in his recruitment. “Last week I was at Pitt to watch their game against Duke,” said Ross. “I’ve started to hear from some of the MAC Conference schools. I’ve also heard from Delaware, Temple, and Syracuse.”
Penn State’s success on the field this year has not gone unnoticed by recruits and that includes Ross. “I was a little surprised by the success the team had this year,” admitted Ross. “That’s only because they have a small senior class and a lot of young players in their lineups. You could see their confidence grow after they put together back-to-back wins earlier in the season. It’s only going to keep getting better and Penn State is going to be a special place to play at in the next few years.”