Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Penn State Nittany Lions [Print without images]

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Visitor Roundup: Recruits sound off

By Josh Moyer

NittanyNation contacted more than a half-dozen recruits at the PSU-Wisconsin game to get their thoughts on their visits.

Here's what they had to say:

Bill O'Brien
The atmosphere at Penn State this Saturday was something that really impressed visiting recruits.
Matt Morin, 2014 LB
Milton (Mass.) Academy

"It was pretty cool, I'm not going to lie. I play at a school, and it doesn't get a huge fan base. I play in front of -- at most -- 300 people and to be able to step out on a field that holds more than 100,000 people, it was kind of surreal. It was cool to think that maybe one day I could be running out on the field with 100,000 people screaming their heads off."

Robbie Nash, 2013 QB
Chadron (Ohio) Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

"It was real cool. That atmosphere is just unbelievable. You can't really beat it with that many people in the stadium. Walking through that tunnel and getting on the sidelines before the game, it shows you what the atmosphere's like. You can't really describe it; it's something you got to experience. Looking at that big of a stadium, it's indescribable."

Devin Wilson, 2013 WR
McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour

"I've been up there before, and I've always loved how the crowd is always upbeat and how they never gave up. In terms of how they came back from 14-0 and never stopped fighting, that was cool to see."

Deonte Holden, 2014 DE
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic

"I think the game was great. Watching the D-ends and stuff that came before me, watching them play, it just gave me motivation to work harder. I feel like Penn State is just like a great school -- the facilities are great, and the coaches are great. I wouldn't mind going there.

"My favorite part of the visit was when they showed me the weight room. It was extremely big and I was like, 'Gosh.' I also liked to watch No. 47 [Jordan Hill] because he's a great defensive player."

Steve Weyler, 2014 K/P
Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara

"I thought it was absolutely awesome. The atmosphere was great, and there's just a special connection you get with the school from your state and you really can't describe it. You just have to feel it. The fans were awesome, and the guys treated us like we were part of the team already and I just had a great, great time. It was cold, but it was worth it.

"My favorite part, being a kicker, was when [Sam] Ficken hit the field goal in overtime to win it. That was pretty cool."

Foster Reznor, 2014 S
Grove City (Pa.)

"It was awesome. I went earlier in the year to the Navy game and that was good, but it just got better the second time. It's always loud and crazy. Everyone was jumping, screaming. Penn State's one of the biggest stadiums and I couldn't even hear my parents try to talk to me; it was ridiculous."

Chris Jones, 2014 WR
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic

"Just going down there, it was great. It was a great vibe. And when I went into the stadium, I just couldn't believe it. The atmosphere was high even if it was cold outside. Me being down there, my first time, it was crazy. I liked it a lot. You're walking out of the stadium in front of what [seems like] millions of fans. It's great."

John Lovett, 2014 QB
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic

"Without a doubt, I enjoyed just the field itself -- and the stadium was awesome. I got a chance to meet my recruiting coordinator, Larry Johnson, and I loved the whole atmosphere. I love the opportunity to be on the field and see the players warm up and see Matt McGloin and those guys do what they do before the game.

"But the atmosphere -- I just thought that was a crazy thing it itself, just the tradition of the school there."

Leon Cummings, 2013 RB
Salisbury (Conn.) School (Postgraduate)

"Overall, I enjoyed the game. I actually enjoyed watching the fans stick around and cheer the team on in the close game. It was nice to see they were able to stick it out in the cold because it was pretty cold out there.

"From a running back standpoint, it was nice to watch. It's a pro-style offense, which is pretty much what we run. I was talking to Coach [Charles] London about that, and I feel like they have a good zone scheme that gives their backs a chance to use their vision, which kind of replicates what we do at Salisbury."