Penn State played host to a number of visitors over the weekend including a three-star defensive end out of Maryland. The 6-foot-4, 248-pounder joined his teammate in State College on an unofficial visit.
"It was a pretty great visit, I really loved it at Penn State," Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah said. "The atmosphere was great and the fans were awesome.
"It was crazy there. The fans lifted me up and the crowd knows how to get pumped. At my high school they get hyped a bit, I've never seen something like that in my life."
Did anything stick out from the game?
"I like the way they play on both sides of the ball," he said. "Illinois came out firing and Penn State found a way to shut them down.
"Their defensive ends are 245 or 250. Some schools play with ends at 280. They were still getting the job done and I liked that."
Ankrah met with coach Larry Johnson while on the trip as well.
"I talked to Coach Johnson," he said. "He was saying how he'd like me to come there and told me how the pass rush was needed. He wants me and Travis (Hawkins) up there.
"At first I thought they were slow on recruiting me, now I know they were just making sure on my grades and make sure school is first before football. I'd say right now Penn State is back at the top. Maybe when I go somewhere else I'll fit in. I feel comfortable at Penn State. The people there make you feel like it's at home. I like the coaches, they are cool."
The No. 9 prospect in Maryland will take his first official next week to Michigan.
"Hopefully when I go there I am comfortable took, maybe it'll be even better," he said. "Then I'm going to Penn State in a few more weeks.
"I think I'm going to go to a Clemson game too. As for the other two officials, I'm thinking about Virginia Tech and maybe Tennessee or Nebraska."