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WR Brian Lemelle's PSU opinion changes

10/29/2012

A central Pennsylvania native, Brian Lemelle (Bishop McDevitt) has watched Penn State offenses for quite some time now. He's watched them on TV and in person.

In all those years watching the Nittany Lions offense operate, it never resembled anything like he saw Saturday on his visit to Penn State for the Ohio State game.

"I like what I've seen with Coach [Bill] O'Brien with the offense," the three-star receiver said. "They spread it out and got the ball out wide receivers. ... It impressed me a lot to see that, being more of a pass offense."

Lemelle has not taken any official visits and has maintained a low recruiting profile, so he has not made a group of finalists or favorites. Penn State's performance even in a loss, however, made a positive impact on Lemelle.

"From what I've seen with Coach O'Brien with the offense, it does change the view of [Penn State]," Lemelle said.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound has visited Penn State a few times before, but he has never heard Beaver Stadium get as loud as it did Saturday for the White Out game against the Buckeyes.

"The atmosphere was crazy," he said. "That had to be the loudest."

Receivers coach Stan Hixon and area recruiter Larry Johnson both spoke to Lemelle while on the visit. Both told Lemelle how much Penn State wants him and how the Lions would use him. Lemelle is similar to Will Fuller, a former Penn State commit now on board with Notre Dame.

Penn State commit and No. 1 tight end Adam Breneman was also in Lemelle's ear trying to get him to State College.

Cincinnati, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and West Virginia are recruiting Lemelle the hardest, he said. Bishop McDevitt plays its last Saturday game this coming weekend, and Lemelle hopes to make an official visit or two during the playoffs.