Tuesday, December 4, 2012
PSU remains Truitt's top school for now
By Josh Moyer
Omar Truitt (Washington D.C./St. John's College) still considers Penn State his top school, but the junior said he might have to open his recruitment a little more.
In the last two weeks, coaches from Syracuse, Miami (Fla.), Oregon and Vanderbilt have stopped by his picturesque brick high school. Vanderbilt has already sent him seven handwritten letters, and coaches have filled his Facebook inbox with messages.
But in that same two-week span, he hasn't once heard from Penn State nor has he received a visit.
"I'm a little disappointed," the cornerback said. "I'm still very high on Penn State, but it it seems like I need to open my options a little bit. So we'll see where it goes."
Truitt said last month he'd basically commit on the spot if the Nittany Lions decided to offer. Now, he's not so sure.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect said he's trying to put his recruitment on hold right now. He doesn't want to plan any visits; he just wants to work out, focus on his grades and see what offers come.
And if Penn State does finally come around and decide to offer him a scholarship?
"Now I'd probably take a few days to think," he said. "I want to see if I'm a need, if they really want me, and go from there. Like I said, I'm just keeping my options open."
Truitt counts his relationship with the coaching staff as a top priority. He wants to play for the Nittany Lions, in large part, because of secondary coach John Butler and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
"If I don't like the coaching who's recruiting me, I'm probably not going to look at that school," he added.
He's also searching for a school with a big alumni base and a strong tradition -- two other reasons he believes Penn State would be a good fit. But until he hears from them again, he plans to take it relatively easy -- maybe play some pick-up basketball against his dad, train at a gym with the father of NFL cornerback Joe Haden and study some more.
He chats with 2014 Penn State commit Mark Allen (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) every so often, and the running back urges him to pledge when he gets an offer. Truitt's just waiting.
"He was saying, 'Omar, pelase commit so we can be roommates,' " Truitt said. "He was just saying how he really loved Penn State -- and I really do, too. I like the campus, the people -- I love how they're serious about football. I love it."