Ocean (N.J.) Ocean Township offensive lineman Lou Eliades cancelled his official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend and took a trip to Happy Valley to check out the Penn State football program. With the South Carolina Gamecocks leading the way for his services heading in to the weekend, things are not so clear cut anymore.
"I had a really good visit," said Eliades, who was hosted by A.Q. Shipley and hung around with Penn State commitments Doug Klopacz and Tom McEowen. "I liked the people there and the coaches. I was going on the visit to see how I fit in and to meet the players. I had been there once but really only took a tour of the facilities and that was it. This time I got to see everything."
And apparently everything was enough to put Penn State even with the Gamecocks heading into his final decision.
"It's 50/50 right now between the two," he said. "It's going to be a hard decision. I have to think things through. I want to decide by Christmas so it's time. I have coach Spurrier coming in on Tuesday and coach Beamer in on Thursday. Coach Paterno isn't coming in until January but I'll be decided by then."
And what will it come down to?
"Comfort really," he said. "That's what I want. I want to go to a place where I will feel at home for the next four years."