Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Q&A: Grimm talks about PSU visit
By Josh Moyer
ESPN Watch List prospect Mike Grimm visited Happy Valley over the weekend for junior day. The offensive tackle didn't come away with a Penn State offer, but he said he still enjoyed the visit.
NittanyNation recently spoke with the tackle out of Bethel Park, Pa., to see why he decided to make the trip, his thoughts on PSU and his favorite part of junior day.
NittanyNation: First of all, why did you decide to make the trip to PSU's junior day and what were your expectations there?
Mike Grimm: I was going to go no matter what because I got the invite, and I just thought it was an honor to be recruited by Penn State because of all the coaches who stayed with the program voluntarily. I just thought they deserved a look no matter whether they can go to a bowl game or not. Anybody who puts themselves in that situation deserves a look.
And pretty much everything went as expected. I got to talk to Coach [Bill] O'Brien, Coach Mac [McWhorter] and Coach [Charles] London a little bit. I heard more about the new program and had a good time.
NN: You had a good time but you didn't grab a scholarship offer. How does that affect your interest with Penn State?
MG: It doesn't really affect my interest at all. Coach Mac did tell everybody -- well, he told like three people in our offensive line meeting -- that they're going to wait until after spring ball to offer another offensive lineman because they're only going to take one. So when he said that, I wasn't really expecting an offer because I understand they need to take a longer time than other schools because they only have room for like 15 kids that they definitely want.
NN: Where is your interest in Penn State right now?
MG: I'd say it's close to medium. It's pretty much them and Pitt; those are my two top schools. But there's still a lot of schools to visit. Those are the two that have stood out the most to me because they have two great offensive line coaches who have lots of experience.
That's something I take into consideration because I understand that I'll be with the head coach, but the offensive line coach is my biggest thing because that's who I'll be spending most of my time with. I definitely know Coach Mac; he's made every visit I've made there delightful. It's not even if I have any questions -- he's enlightening me on what's new with the program, what their workouts are, what they're doing, so he's been a big part of it.
NN: What was your favorite part about Saturday?
MG: Definitely seeing the weight room. It's just all new with their machinery and innovations. It's definitely big, and there's lots of space for you to work out and be by yourself even when the whole team's there. There's room for everybody, but there's like enough room for just you to work.
It's just, honestly, it's just so big compared to a lot of weight rooms. A lot of weight rooms do look at the practice field, too, but just the way Penn State's is structured and put together -- it's just laid out very nicely in like a thought-out manner. They didn't just throw equipment all over the place.
NN: What other places are you hoping to visit before you wind up committing somewhere?
MG: I definitely would like to take a visit to Rutgers, and I'd really just like to look around and see what else is out there. I would love to get down to Alabama or Georgia or just an SEC school, but it's a lot of money when it's not an official visit. So that's the only part with that whole thing, but I definitely just want to take a look and make sure I see everything at least once. And the good schools I like, I want to see two or three times.
As far as committing, I'm just kind of playing it by ear right now. It's just whenever it works out. I feel like if it works out at a junior day or some other weekend, then it's just supposed to happen.