The first three games of the coming high school season will be important to many high school athletes. Billy Kisner is one of them.
Those schools have plenty in common, including wanting to see Kisner’s film after his first three games.
“I want to show them just how athletic I am,” Kisner said. “I’m going to be playing safety, quarterback, receiver, and returning kicks to show them I’m an all-around athlete and can play Division-I football.”
Kisner played mostly quarterback last fall for Penn Hills, which didn’t gain him much attention from college coaches. That changed once he hit the camp cycle this summer and showed off his abilities.
The 6-foot, 173 pound junior was speedy and shifty enough to catch the eye of Penn State’s coaches despite over 300 campers being in attendance. Now, Kisner says he will University Park to see the Lions open camp Aug. 4, and also for their clashes with Ohio State and Michigan State in October and November, respectively.
“[Defensive backs] Coach [Terry] Smith gave me a lot of feedback at the time, and kind of let me know that they’re going to heavily recruit me,” Kisner said. “They don’t really want me going anywhere else, and feel like Penn State is the right place for me.”
Penn State hasn’t offered yet, but it is one of the programs that will be watching his first three games closely.
“They want to see me work on my ball skills,” Kisner said. “Last year I played quarterback, so they want to see what I could do on the defensive side of the ball.”
Kisner said he wants to see what Beaver Stadium is like on a big fall Saturday, which is why he already picked out two dates to visit. The athlete added he will also take in a third game at Penn State, though he still has not decided which one it will be.
“I just want to see how comfortable the atmosphere is,” Kisner said. “I want to see what it’s like on the other side of the state, see how the players interact with the coaches, and how the big stadium is with a lot of screaming fans.
“I want to know if it feels like home.”
He hopes to figure out the same at Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Michigan State, which also could be in line for unofficial visits this fall. Kisner added he could make the trip to Arkansas, but it would have to be a weekend that fits his high school schedule.
“Pittsburgh really loves me,” he said. “They hoped on me pretty quick, and were sending me stuff. They’re really interest in me, and feel the same way as Penn State: they don’t want me to go anywhere else.”