2014 cornerback Omar Truitt (Washington D.C./St. John's College) believes a Penn State offer could soon be on the way.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior said he's received handwritten letters every week from the coaching staff, and he's remained in close contact with secondary coach John Butler. The staff told him they could offer him after reviewing his highlight tape -- and Truitt just sent that via Facebook on Saturday night.
"Penn State basically knows I'm going to commit on the spot," he said. "They just want to get ready for this class that's about to be up. They said they want to focus on 2014 cornerbacks, and I'm one of them on that list."
Truitt keeps those handwritten letters inside his dresser, and he left the PSU correspondence on top of the pile. He pulled it out of his drawer and read part of it aloud, growing more excited as he continued. "Keep getting better at all you do," Butler wrote him.
The junior athlete, who's also being recruited as a slot receiver by some schools, holds scholarship offers from Richmond and Syracuse. But it's clear he's waiting on one from Penn State.
Truitt said his father, Greg, a PSU alum, compiled a list of five colleges he considered the best fit for his son -- Oregon, West Virginia, Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame. The younger Truitt wasn't instantly sold on the Nittany Lions, but that changed after he attended a summer camp.
"When I saw how hard the coaches were working with the players at the camp, just seeing how they did things, it gave me goosebumps," he said. "And walking into the weightroom, it was so motivating because it wasn't like any football team. There were no mirrors. Just to be a part of that experience, it's breathtaking."
He deflected any talk of the sanctions acting as a deterrent. On the contrary, he said, the sanctions actually make him want to commit even more.
He believed the sanctions and scholarship reductions would allow him to gain even more playing time. Plus, he felt compelled to help PSU return to the top in spite of those penalties.
"If I go there, I'm going to be remembered for life. I'm going to get a lot of love," he said. "And when I do graduate at Penn State, I can get a great job because of the connections at the school."
Truitt attended two Penn State games so far -- Navy, Ohio State -- and planned to travel to at least one more this season. He's watched PSU games in the past, but he said he was still overwhelmed by the crowd packed inside Beaver Stadium, especially at the Ohio State game.
"It was just a breathtaking moment. All the fans were telling me to go to Penn State there," he said. "When you say somebody would die for something, well, they would actually die for Penn State. It was real nice there."