Jake Plonski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) is still searching for offer No. 1, but he is seeing a host of interest from schools in the East.
Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia have all kept in touch with the 6-foot-2, 222-pound inside linebacker.
This weekend, Plonski will visit the Nittany Lions for their first spring game under new coach Bill O’Brien.
“I like them,” Plonski said of the new staff, which he met during the Lions’ junior day in February. “I think coach O’Brien knows what he’s doing. I don’t think the program will lose a step.”
During the 2011 season, Plonski visited Penn State for two games, so he is familiar with linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, a holdover from Joe Paterno’s staff.
A Pennsylvania native, Plonski said the Lions are not his favorite team. He prefers to root for players instead of programs. One of those players is San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, a Penn State linebacker from 2006-09.
Plonski visited Michigan State, too, with friend and teammate Damion Terry, who committed to the Spartans on Monday.
“I liked it. It was nice,” he said. “Me and Damion are pretty close, too.”
Following his visit to Penn State, Plonski has no set plans but could check out nearby Pitt soon for a spring practice.