Joey O'Connor sent his impressive junior season highlight tape to numerous colleges and Penn State was one of the many schools to respond favorably.
The Nittany Lions were so impressed with the Windsor, Colo., offensive tackle that they decided to offer and O'Connor, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound prospect, said he's honored to even be on their radar.
"I sent film out and I guess they really loved my film and that's how it started," O'Connor said.
"They started by giving my coach a call, our athletic director a call asking about me and it went on from there. I called them and got in touch with them and that's where we are right now.
"I'm definitely interested and it's an honor to be even recruited by Penn State. The whole tradition and Joe Paterno is incredible."
O'Connor, who plans to camp at Penn State in June, said Colorado State and Utah have also verbally offered. Interest is coming in from Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State and others.
The Windsor standout has already attended spring practice at Colorado State, which is only about 30 minutes from his house, and he also expects to go see Utah work out in the spring or possibly for the Utes' spring game.
"I went to Colorado State's spring practice and I got to know the coaches a little bit better and then Utah, I'm planning to go to a spring practice or their spring game," O'Connor said. "They said they're pretty interested so we'll see."
O'Connor shows off a lot of strength on his highlight tape and it's backed up by his numbers in the weight room. Recently, he bench pressed 295 pounds eight times and 225 pounds 19 times.