Three-star athlete Brad Kanuch out of Johnstown (Pa.) Westmont Hilltop took an unofficial visit to Penn State this past weekend for the Ohio State game. The 6-foot-0, 178-pounder with 4.26-second speed has been to Happy Valley plenty of times since his uncle is coach, but this one was different.
"It was an awesome game and Penn State played their hearts out and came out with the win," he said. "It was a great experience to be there and probably one of the best college football games I've been to. To see Penn State come out of the game with a win after coming into the season unranked tells you Penn State is starting to rebuild.
"The atmosphere there was amazing. I've been there before and it was just how I liked it. I also liked how Penn State spread the ball around to all their wide receivers. The defense played amazing as well."
Did the visit draw Kanuch closer to potentially committing to the Nittany Lions?
"It probably did a little bit because now they are back to national prominence, so they are right up there for me," he said. "I'm also looking at Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Akron, Toledo and Boston College some, although the Eagles haven't called me in two weeks which is a little disappointing. I don't know if they're losing interest. I know I could call them, but this is their time to call me."
One school has come on strong recently for the No. 28 athlete in the country.
"Iowa has become very interested and that was a big surprise," he said. "I think they have a good team and a good quarterback with Drew Tate. I know they dropped a few games early, but they are definitely a team you've got to look out for."
This season Westmont Hilltop is 3-3 after dropping a 45-0 game to Bishop McCort last week.
"I was out the last game with a staff infection, but I'm doing a lot better now," he said. "It was hard to put pressure and run on it, but I'm getting my strength back in my leg and I'd say I'm about at 75% right now. I'm going to try to play next week, but it depends if I can run. If I can't there's no point since speed is my game.