2014 defensive tackle Brock Boxen of Beaver Falls, Pa. has seen his junior season take off to a perfect start. Off the field, he already has one offer and is getting bombarded by piles of mail on a daily basis.
"I'm getting stacks of letters coming in everyday, giving me free tickets to games and coaches messaging me wanting to talk," said Boxen, who is 6-foot-2 and 265-pounds. "It's good."
Boxen picked up an early offer from Pittsburgh and claims that Maryland, Rutgers and Duke are the three other schools showing the most intense interest at this point.
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With plenty of options to attend games, Boxen went to the Pittsburgh season opener and hopes to make his way to State College later this season. He first discussed his visit to check out the Panthers.
"It was fun," he said. "We got to stand on the field before the game and got real good seats too."
While Boxen would like to check out Penn State too, the recent happenings at State College may come into play for him.
"It definitely affects my decision if I wanna go there," said Boxen, who admitted that one part of the sanctions may particularly effect him. "I guess going to a bowl game. They're just out there playing for nothing."
Overall, Boxen discussed what he hopes to find in his future program and school.
"A good reputation, a winning football program and maybe a school that could move me to pro football," he said. "I think this will happen in time, because I haven't compared schools to decide what's better and what I want out of them yet."
On the field, Boxen and his teammates are off to a fantastic start.
"We won our first two games 50-6 and 41-0," said Boxen. "So far our defense is #1 in the WPAIL and he held both teams to -34 yards rushing. We're doing great."
Along with the team success, Boxen is also happy with his own personal growth.
"I'm playing better than ever," he said. "I'm a lot stronger and getting by my opponents is no problem."
In his first two games, Boxen has four sacks, approximately 12 tackles and has forced a fumble. He and his teammates will take on Ellwood City at home on Friday night in their next game.