Junior wide receiver Zach Challingsworth of McDonald (Pa.) South Fayette has enjoyed a successful season on the field, and has also hit the road to visit a few schools. He will continue his busy schedule in the next month as he has plans to attend at least three more games.
"So far recruiting is going pretty well," said Challingsworth, who is 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds. "It's starting to pick up."
Showing the most interest to this point are Penn State, West Virginia and Toledo. Challingsworth also camped at West Virginia, Toledo and Pittsburgh during the summer.
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"The camps went really well," said Challingsworth. "I learned a lot on my route running, agility drills that I can practice which will make me better on the field, and understanding the defense more to find windows to get open. The camps definitely helped me."
Since the summer, Challingsworth has attended three games and has plans to attend at least three more.
"I attended Penn State, West Virginia and Toledo games," said Challingsworth. "I'm planning to go back to West Virginia, Penn State and possibly Syracuse for one more game before the season is over."
The games he attended have left a lasting impression.
"They really opened my eyes on a lot of things," said Challingsworth. "I really liked the style of offense West Virginia runs, the coaches and how the crowd gets involved. I felt really comfortable there. The Penn State/Alabama game was one of the best atmospheres I've ever been in when I went to a football game. Both were great experiences."
Being able to already visit a few schools, Challingsworth is beginning to understand what he is looking for in a program.
"Most importantly is to have a family environment," he said. "I think that's the most important thing. It can build championship teams."
The increase in recruiting interest has come about because of Challingsworth's improved play on the field this fall.
"The season is going really well," he said. "We have one more week before playoffs start. I'm having a pretty good year so far, as well as my team. My confidence level has improved, leadership on and off the field and I feel my route running is the best part of my game. I'm also a lot faster, stronger and agile than last year."
Challingsworth has totaled 30 receptions for 520 yards, 200 yards rushing and a total of eight touchdowns. On special teams he has also blocked three field goals and one punt.