- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
One of the quietest players on and off the field in the Class of 2013, wide receiver Brian Lemelle (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), is starting to make some noise on the recruiting trail.
Lemelle has picked up four offers over the last two weeks to bring his total to six. Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers and Virginia came through with Lemelle’s latest offers. Penn State and Pittsburgh were the first two teams to offer the 5-foot-11, 175-pound wideout from Pennsylvania’s storied Bishop McDevitt program.
The Bearcats are no stranger to Lemelle, whose former teammate Jameel Poteat is a running back at Cincinnati.
“I usually talk to him like two times a week,” Lemelle said. “He told me he likes it a lot and wants me to come out and visit the campus.”
Lemelle has only recently been back in contact with Rutgers, a place he has visited a few times before. After former coach Greg Schiano left, Lemelle did not hear from the Scarlet Knights for a few weeks. He said he is hoping to get in contact with new coach Kyle Flood soon.
“I like [Rutgers] a lot,” Lemelle said. “They’re close to home. I went to three practices my sophomore year so I know a little bit about them.”
Lemelle does not have any visits lined up, but he did make it to Penn State’s junior day, Feb. 18. It was his first time talking with new coach Bill O’Brien and receivers coach Stan Hixon.
“I like [the new offense] a lot,” Lemelle said. “They told me how they’re trying to use me in their style of offense.”
Penn State’s campus is only about 90 minutes from Harrisburg, but Lemelle said that does not make the Nittany Lions his favorite.
“I’m just taking it easy right now,” he said. “I have no top schools.”