In the last month, Penn State has aggressively recruited Tampa (Fla.) Plant athlete Wesley Bullock and this past weekend the 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior took an official visit to State College, Pa., to watch the Nittany Lions fall to Ohio State 35-16.
Despite the loss, Bullock said the experience is something he won’t soon forget.
“I really liked the trip and it was such a cool experience, a real unique environment,” Bullock said. “For one thing I got to see what a real autumn looks like with the leaves changing and everything.”
The Nittany Lions have surpassed the expectations of many this season, which made Saturday’s game against Ohio State one of major crowd interest. With more than 100,000 fans in Beaver Stadium, Bullock said it was hard not to get caught up in the atmosphere.
“I knew there were going to be a lot of people because the Penn State fans are loyal and Ohio State was going to travel well,” Bullock said. “But when you get there and see it in person, it’s a whole different experience. It was different than anything I could imagine and nothing can really prepare you for that many people screaming and cheering. It was so exciting.”
While the game day experience was a big part of Bullock’s trip, the main reason he was there was to get a better idea of where the program is headed under head coach Bill O’Brien. Bullock made sure to have an opportunity to speak to several of the coaches and players.
“I talked with coach [Charles] London, the running backs coach, and he was a real good guy,” Bullock added. “I talked with coach [Ted] Roof, who recruited me, and coach O’Brien quite a bit as well. You can tell the communication is real open between the players and coaches.
“They told me a lot of good things. We talked football and academics and responsibilities. They are all very sincere and they have turned a lot of negatives surrounding the program into positives.”
Bullock says the visit put Penn State in his top two with Toledo. The running back also has offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.
“Right now I’m going to take everything into account and talk with my family and my coaches,” Bullock added. “And we’ll go from there.”