Dimetri Kelly (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) sat in biology class on a cool October day when his name was called over the office loudspeakers.
Dimetri Kelly, please report to the office. Dimetri Kelly, to the office.
The 2015 running back worried that he might be in trouble. He didn't know for what -- but he couldn't think of another reason for that announcement. His palms started to sweat when he opened the office door.
Someone motioned him into the conference room -- and there sat Penn State assistant Ron Vanderlinden. Kelly was relieved but still nervous.
"I was really surprised," Kelly said. "Being a sophomore, I didn't think I would get any big-time schools like that."
Vanderlinden chatted with him about the season, academics and mentioned how Kelly should check out a Penn State game. The sophomore had already heard from Virginia, but Penn State was the first to extend a game invitation.
The season soon settled down, and Kelly decided to drive three hours to Happy Valley on Saturday to see the campus and watch the PSU-Indiana game. One of his teammates, Penn State decommit Will Fuller, even pushed him to attend.
"I always kind of liked Penn State, and he told me a lot of good stuff about it," said Kelly, who's rushed for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. "He told me they had a good football team, so I just started to watch more of their games, and I liked what I saw."
Kelly said he was overwhelmed when he stepped out of the south tunnel. He stammered for a few moments before managing, "It was just amazing."
He met more of the coaches, pictured himself wearing the blue-and-white and said the visit more than met his expectations. He hopes to remain in contact with Penn State -- and he's hoping to garner even more recruiting attention next season.
"I want to be one of the top rushers in the state," he added.