Long Island (N.Y.) North Babylon running back Jason Gwaltney is now becoming quite familiar with the highs and lows of official visits. After his Ohio State visit, he was really hyped about the Buckeyes. After his Southern Cal trip, he was pretty sure he was going to be a Trojan. How did the ex-West Virginia commitment like Michigan State?
"I'm experienced now," he laughed. "I know how these visit highs work. You get so hyped up on a trip and they show you everything you like and you just wanna put on a uniform and play right then and there. Then a few days later, it's like 'what happened?'"
Gwaltney liked his Michigan State visit, but still lists Ohio State, USC and West Virginia as his leaders.
"After the USC trip, I started thinking a lot about Ohio State and their offense and how I could play right away in big, big games," he said. "I thought about sitting at USC and waiting a year and how that would kill me. West Virginia I could play probably earlier than both or at least be assured of playing early, but will they be in big games? All these things started coming into my head."
Michigan State was a solid trip as well, hosted by Jason Teague. They run a one-back offense and compared Gwaltney to TJ Duckett.
"I'd say their a little behind the other three," he said. "But they're still in there. Next up is West Virginia on Jan. 7. I haven't decided if I'll announce at the All American Bowl or if I'll do it elsewhere."
Gwaltney, ranked as the No. 5 running back in the country and No. 29 overall, is looking forward to the quiet period.
"No more coaches," he said. "That will be nice."