Friday, July 12, 2013
5 Questions: 3-star LB Jared Wangler
By Josh Moyer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is Jared Wangler, a three-star linebacker out of of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate who recently earned an invitation to the Under Armour Game. Wangler committed to PSU back in May.
NittanyNation: You recently earned an invitation to the Under Amour Game, which only goes out to the top players in the country. So what was it like receiving that invitation?
Jared Wangler: I wasn't very surprised when I got it in the mail because I talked to ESPN about that a week-and-a-half ago when they told me I was invited. But when he told me that back then, I was really excited. There was a whole bunch of good feelings because it's definitely an honor.
It hasn't completely sunk in yet; it's probably not going to sink in until after. I had a friend who did it last year, Shane Morris, who said it was one of the best experiences he's ever had. I'm really excited about it.
NN: A lot of people ask me this, so I have to pose it to you. Would you rather go to a mediocre bowl like the Music City Bowl in Tennessee or that regular season game in Ireland?
JW: Hmmm ... I'd probably rather go to a bowl game. But the situation that Penn State is in, I think going to Ireland is a cool trip. It's going to be a good team-bonding experience, and I think it's a great way to make up for not being able to make a bowl. So, yeah, I'd rather play in a bowl game but we're trying to make up for that in a way.
NN: Has your recruitment continued to pick up with coaches trying to contact you, or have they kind of left you alone for now?
JW: You know, most of the schools jumping on me like all the other Big Ten schools -- my coach at my school told them when they came in that I'm a solid commit to Penn State, that there's really no point in trying to talk to me. So those schools tried to stop by during the spring stuff, but they kind of backed off.
There have been some schools like Cincinnati. And Indiana, they've been coming crazy hard and saying like, 'You want to play for bowl games and stuff?'
NN: Let's back up here a second. Indiana's the team that mentioned the bowl games, like they think you should go there, if you want to be in a bowl? They haven't been to a bowl game in like six years.
JW: [laughs] Yeah, that's exactly what I said. I don't know what they were thinking.
NN: OK ... well, I imagine those bowl games didn't play a big factor with you. So what did you like most about Penn State anyway, that made you want to commit?
JW: I felt very comfortable with the coaches, my position coach and Coach [Bill] O'Brien. I felt very at home when I visited, and I feel like it'll be a great fit for me on the football side of it.
And I'm going to get a great degree there. And that was one of the biggest things -- I was looking for a place I'm going to get a great degree from. Football doesn't last forever, so a degree is big when that's over.