With only two offers so far, Omar Truitt thinks more are coming. The athlete from Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High is attracting attention from numerous schools but three have made a particularly good impression.
"Rutgers and Penn State are going to offer me soon, I think," said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Truitt. "I'm also in contact with Vanderbilt. There are a lot of colleges talking to me right now. Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Pittsburgh, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Maryland all want to take a visit there before they offer me.
"What's not to like about Penn State? They have a great football program, great tradition, really good academics and it's a wonderful place to be," he said. "The fan base is crazy and when I first stepped on campus I fell in love with it. Honestly, I felt as though the sanctions made me feel like I wanted to go there even more and help bring the program back up to the top. I think it's a great opportunity for me to come in and start my freshman year.
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"I went down to Rutgers for the game against Louisville I was also there for their junior day," said Truitt. "They contact me a lot through email. I'm very excited about the possible offer from Rutgers and I really like their move to the Big Ten. I could definitely see myself playing at that school.
"After my freshman year when colleges started talking to me, Coach Franklin was one of the first coaches to contact my school's coach about me," he said. "I went out there with my dad and my stepfamily and the coach took me on a tour of the school and athletic facilities. They're starting to recruit me pretty hard again and I get a lot of mail and handwritten letters from them. I really like the moves they've been making in the SEC. I feel like they're the underdogs and I want to be part of that."
Truitt has already started taking a few visits.
"I've been to Auburn, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Pitt, Mississippi State, Rutgers and Penn State," said Truitt. "The Penn State visit is number one and really sticks out in my mind.
"I'm probably going to see Boston College for their junior day because they've been talking to me a lot also," he said. "I definitely want to get to Penn State and Rutgers again maybe for one of the spring games."
Last season, St. John's College High went 5-6.