Tuesday, November 20, 2012
RB Wimberly enjoys official visit to PSU
By Josh Moyer
Aaron Wimberly (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) stood near the 30-yard line Saturday and watched Penn State warm up.
He wore a blue pin -- "No pity for Indy" -- and basked in the "impressive" crowd of 90,358 during his first official visit. He had plenty lot of questions spinning around his head, but he said the coaching staff answered them all.
"Penn State, me taking a visit opened my eyes on things and I'm just taking it slow," he said. "I'm still committed to Iowa State, but I'm really seeing things and checking everything out."
Wimberly, who holds seven offers, has two other official visits planned. He'll be in Iowa State later this week, and he'll fly to Boise State on Dec. 8.
He said he'll likely make a decision between his last visit and Dec. 19.
"I would say Penn State's up there," he said, regarding his interest. "It's definitely up there."
Wimberly arrived in State College on Friday and left Sunday. He toured the campus, chatted with players and attended Saturday's game.
After the 45-22 pounding on Indiana, the coaches had a surprise waiting for him and his teammate, Jake Waters, in the area overlooking Bill O'Brien's news conference. Two mannequins -- one with Waters' number, the other with Wimberly's -- greeted them. Wimberly couldn't help but smile at the white No. 2 jersey.
"It was interesting because we weren't the only recruits there," he said, "so it was kind of funny, actually. It was neat."
Wimberly caught Penn State's eye shortly after Charlie Fisher attended an October practice to offer Waters a scholarship. Wimberly, a speedy tailback, fit O'Brien's style of offense -- and he earned a written offer less than a week after his quarterback.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback said he's faced with a hard decision now. But his visit to PSU helped clear some things up.
"Basically, the running backs they have are big and bruising," Wimberly said. "So it would be a changeup; they would use me as an every-down back and on special teams, kick return."
Wimberly said he enjoyed his time at Penn State, from walking through the south tunnel to watching the game and spending a night on campus.
But, more than anything, he said the people here stood out to him.
"My favorite part of the visit was probably talking with the coaches, going over things and hanging out with the players," he said. "It was good."