Penn State is hoping a solid month of football on the gridiron translates to some recruiting success in the Class of 2014.
Austin Stapleton is a junior offensive lineman from New Jersey whose interest in the Lions doesn't seem to have waned in the midst of all the controversy surrounding the program over the past year, nor do the NCAA's heavy-handed sanctions seem to have caused him to think twice about the school.
"I was up at Penn State for their spring game and I camped there too," Stapleton said. "I definitely want to get back up there for a visit and talk to the coaches again.
"Playing at Beaver Stadium is just like playing in a bowl game so I could still deal with that (the bowl ban)."
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive guard from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph 's did say that Penn State is not his favorite. Then again, he doesn't have any favorites, so the Lions may be in as good a position as anyone.
" West Virginia has been messaging me too," he added. "I'm supposed to go up there for a game in November so I'm really looking forward to that. That's another place I'm really interested in."
Stapleton and his St. Joseph 's teammates had a huge recent win over St. Peter's Prep, who had been number four in the Garden State . They lost their first game of the season to Good Counsel out of Maryland , but they are number one in their home state.
Though Stapleton is projected to play guard he plays left and right tackle at the high school level.
"I feel like I've definitely got a lot quicker and better with my feet," he said.