- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Connor Morehart, a 2014 defensive tackle out of Shillington (Pa.) Governor Mifflin. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect has been to Penn State games twice this season and holds an offer from Rutgers.
NittanyNation: You grew up in Penn State country as a fan of the Nittany Lions. What were your thoughts on adding names to the back of the jerseys?
Connor Morehart: I like it. It's just another way to recognize the players who didn't leave. I think it's cool how it's more modern than old school.
I mean, if my name's on the back of the jersey, that's cool. But I don't care what it looks like on the back. As long as I have that number on it, it doesn't matter to me.
NN: You've gotten to know Bill O'Brien a little bit. What's your impression of him?
CM: I think he's done an excellent job with disciplining the players, hiring good coaches and getting good people around him. I think he's the best fit for the program, and it'd just be an honor to play for Bill O'Brien. Not only did he coach the NFL, but he turned around Penn State's program -- and he seems pretty cool.
NN: What sticks out to you the most about Penn State?
CM: I just like the overall environment. I feel comfortable at practice, I'm close to the coaches and just the whole idea of wearing a jersey one day is kind of motivating.
One of the best times I had was when my family went up tailgating. We were in the grass lots before the game and tailgating after. It was just a fun place to be at -- like two or three years ago. It's just everybody that surrounds you. People are watching TV; everyone's loving Penn State. When I was there, everyone was just talking to each other from the cars and everything.
NN: What's surprised you most about the team this season?
CM: I didn't expect them to be this good. Some players decommited, and I didn't expect fans to keep showing up -- but they still did. Just with the impact of players and what Bill O'Brien's done, there hasn't been too much change. I'd say they're a lot more exciting to watch now.
NN: Is not going to bowl games something that bothers you; is O'Brien's idea to have a game in some place like Hawaii at least appealing to recruits?
CM: Yeah, I'd like to go to bowl games. If I'd go to Penn State, I'd still have my junior or senior year to go. The sanctions are what they are. ... It's a negative, but it wouldn't stop me from going there to get a good education.
And, yeah, that would be pretty cool. I would like to be a part of that. I think that would be a lot of fun.
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