- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
Class of 2014 linebacker Troy Reeder fielded a phone call from Penn State on Sunday evening -- and he was pretty pleased with the outcome.
He already holds an offer from the Nittany Lions, but he felt even more wanted after speaking with assistant Ron Vanderlinden. The linebackers coach told him that he and Bill O'Brien would drive down to Salesianum (Del.) on Wednesday and that they wanted him to stop by for another, more-personal visit after most junior days.
"Coach Vanderlinden comes down to school just to check in with my coach every so often and I'm allowed to give a, 'Hey, how are you?' " Reeder said. "We talk on the phone pretty often, and they're a school I really want to get back up and see. It'll really be the third time I go up there -- but the first time was for a camp and the second time was for a game. I'm looking forward to seeing a different side of it."
Reeder said they still have to work the exact date out, but he's pretty flexible. Vanderlinden mentioned attending a home basketball game, so it would have to be some time before March 11. Vanderlinden said he also wanted to make sure all the coaches were around for Reeder's trip, which might host just a handful of other recruits.
The 6-foot-3, 232-pound linebacker is trying to see as many schools as possible and to really focus on his recruitment -- he sent out more film a few days ago -- because he hopes to commit by the early summer. He doesn't want to enroll early, but he does want to make a decision so he can enjoy his final year of high school.
He added his most recent offer from Miami (Fla.) two weeks ago, and the Nittany Lions remain a strong contender for his services. He also holds offers from Delaware, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers and Virginia.
"I think Penn State really is the whole package, and they have great academics," Reeder said. "The campus is really similar to the place that was in my head when I was in eighth grade. They're just showing great promise, Bill O'Brien is a great coach, and I know I'm not going to get coached by a better linebacker coach than Coach Vanderlinden -- and it's not too far from home.
"Being on the sideline for Ohio State-Penn State, it was pretty exhilirating to see that kind of crowd. It's a football school with a real history and great culture."
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