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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Interest picking up in 2014 ATH Truitt

By Josh Moyer

Omar Truitt (Washington D.C./ St. John's) is beginning to see a lot of major programs drop by his school -- such as Oregon, Boston College and Stanford -- but interest from his top choice seems to have dropped off a bit.

The 2014 athlete has repeatedly called Penn State his favorite destination, but he said the staff hasn't contacted him for more than a month.

"I haven't really given them a call yet, so that's partly on me right now," he said. "I still like the program a lot, but a lot of other colleges are stepping up and talking to me."

Rutgers and Boston College invited him to their junior days, and Syracuse has already offered him a scholarship. And he recently earned an invitation to play in the International Bowl, an annual all-star game that bills itself as Team USA vs. the World.

Still, he hasn't been able to garner as much interest from the Nittany Lions.

"The school, the tradition, the campus -- the name Penn State just pops out to you," Truitt said. "When I went up there, I just fell in love with it. It's just cool when you step in at Penn State; it's some serious football."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior -- whom PSU's recruiting as a cornerback -- trains every Sunday with the father of PSU cornerback Stephon Morris. Morris' father, Roman, also recently became the DB coach at Truitt's high school, so he doesn't have to go far to hear more about the Lions.

He's already been to Happy Valley three or four times, and he hopes to return for the Blue-White Game.

Until then, he said, he remains hopeful that interest will pick up from Penn State again. But he just wants to slow his recruitment down now and see what other schools offer.

"Penn State's still up near the top," he said. "But I'm just letting [colleges] come to me now and see where things go."