Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Drew Scales, a senior wide receiver out of Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin. The Nittany Lions are recruiting him as a slot receiver, someone in the mold of Wes Welker, and other schools such as Villanova, James Madison, Temple and Navy are also targeting the athlete.
NittanyNation: Penn State's been debating on whether to offer you a scholarship or make you a preferred walk-on. Have they decided that yet?
Drew Scales: Yeah, I guess so. They're leaning more toward walk-on. I didn't know that until I found out they were coming down [to Central Dauphin], and they said that's the reason they wouldn't be talking to me -- because I guess there's some rule against talking to walk-ons.
I don't know how I feel about it. I feel like I deserve a scholarship, I put in a lot of work, but I would still walk-on to Penn State if everything was there that I wanted.
NN: What do you mean by "if everything was there"? And is it at least a consolation you likely would've been offered had there been no sanctions?
DS: I mean that they're obviously a good school, a good college to go to. But there's other things, too, like Zayd [Issah] might go there. That's the only place we might wind up together, and that would be a big persuasion.
But I'm definitely not giving them any crap for that because I definitely feel they would have offered me otherwise -- but, because of the sanctions, they can't. But that's why they're still in consideration for me even if I do get offers. If they didn't offer me and they didn't have sanctions, they probably wouldn't have still interested me.
NN: Why is Penn State still in contention for your services even if a school like Temple, Villanova or James Madison would offer?
DS: I just like a lot about Penn State. They have a real good fan base, the students love the football players, and getting a business degree at Penn State would mean a lot more than getting a business degree from James Madison. So that's a big reason why.
NN: What would playing for PSU mean to someone like you, someone who's grown up in Penn State country?
DS: It would be a big deal. A lot of kids from my school tell me to go to Penn State, and I would like it a lot. I don't think that getting a scholarship is completely off the table. I just think because what the rules are and the way they're going about it right now. that's the reason they won't talk to me. But maybe if one of the recruits that they're recruiting commits elsewhere, they'll have a scholarship for me. But it would be a big deal for me to play there, especially being from Pennsylvania.
NN: You told me before that you and Zayd Issah talk about playing together in college just about every day. Why is that such a big bonus for you guys?
DS: Zayd and I have been friends since fourth grade, maybe even before that. We didn't really get a chance to play together until high school, but we just clicked when we started playing together and no one could stop us -- and we don't want that to end. A lot of kids don't get opportunities to play big-time football and our families are really close, so it would just make it that much better.
Penn State, they have some of the greatest people and a lot of connections. The new coaches, I'm pretty much sold on that. Bill O'Brien is a great coach, and the offense is incredible. I want to be a part of that.