Patrick Kugler has firmly established himself as one of the nation's top offensive linemen from the Class of 2012.
His offer list is solid proof of that. Already, 15 schools have verbally offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman from Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny.
While Kugler is trying his best to limit his focus to his junior season he's looking ahead to the future from time to time.
"I wanted to take some visits to nearby schools when I could this year," Kugler said.
"I visited Penn State when they played Alabama and that was great. The atmosphere there was crazy. It was definitely a memorable experience."
That was Kugler's first time attending a game at Penn State and it seems to have helped the Lions' chances. That's not the only trip he's taken this fall.
"I went to the Notre Dame-Pitt game (at Pitt) this weekend and that was good, too. It was definitely a great game. You can see Pitt's in a transition trying to switch offenses. It will take them a year or two to get the players they need."
Is that a plus or a negative?
"I wouldn't say it affects me too much," he said. "You want to go to a place that's stable but you'd also like to have an impact right away."
Kugler's next trip will be to Purdue for their game against Notre Dame.
He went on to say that if another school offers in the near future it looks like it might be Michigan.