Michigan made a strong push for Ryan Nowicki recently and there was a chance the three-star offensive tackle from Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus would visit Ann Arbor this weekend but as of Thursday afternoon the 6-foot-5, 272-pound decided against taking a trip.
According to Glendale Cactus coach Larry Fetkenhier, Nowicki called Michigan coach Brady Hoke and informed him that he wouldn't be visiting.
"He called coach Hoke around noon and he thought he was not going to visit Michigan," Nowicki said. "It bodes well for Penn State."
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Rated as the No. 31 offensive tackle nationally and ninth in the Arizona state rankings by Rivals.com, Nowicki committed to Penn State in early January, a month after visiting with the Nittany Lions.
Assistant coach for offensive tackles and tight ends Bill Kenney was Nowicki's main recruiter.
"They've done a good job," Fetkenhier said of Penn State's staff. "Whenever they came by and talked to (Nowicki), they stopped by and talked to me. They corresponded with me over the phone. They kept me in the loop."
Michigan might be slipping out of the picture and Penn State has firmed up its position but USC still seems in the picture although it's probably a long shot.
Nowicki, who had Washington, Oregon State and many others involved, had an in-home visit for about three hours earlier this week with USC and assistant coach Joe Barry said the Trojans don't plan on giving up on Nowicki until he signs with another school.