Three-star tight end Trey Klock of Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin has taken an aggressive approach to his recruiting process this spring by taking several visits. Two more visits are scheduled in the coming weeks, which very much may lead to an upcoming decision.
"Recruiting has definitely picked up this spring," said Klock. "Coaches have been by to see me workout or see me practice and that is definitely an advantage for me. I have spent countless hours in the weight room these last few years and all of my hard work is paying off. It has been very beneficial for me to let coaches see what I can do in the weight room and on the practice field. My film is excellent, but to be able to see a player outside of Friday nights is important too."
Klock, 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds, currently has offers from Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Western Michigan and Bucknell. He has hosted coaches from Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Maryland, Temple, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Stanford, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Michigan State during the last month.
With all of these recent visitors, Klock believes a few more offers are possible.
"Illinois is the closest," he said. "Michigan State is close, but their tight end's coach hasn't been able to see me work out yet. Georgia Tech has also shown a lot of interest, so we'll see what happens when I visit in a few weeks."
That upcoming visit to Atlanta to check out Georgia Tech will be one of two upcoming visits for Klock.
"I'm visiting North Carolina and Georgia in early June," he said. "We were planning on visiting Stanford, but a tight end already committed and they wanted me to play defensive tackle. As of right now we aren't visiting anywhere else."
After these two upcoming visits, a final decision is possible.
"I'd like to make a decision sometime in June," said Klock. "If a few more schools offer then I would definitely consider slowing things down and visiting most of them, but if not I'm very happy with the offers I have right now."
On the visits he has already taken and on his two upcoming visits, Klock gave a rundown on what he has been looking for.
"Getting to know the coaching staff is obviously a big thing, but I think getting to know the players is even more important because they go through it every day and most of them will give you their honest opinion," said Klock. "I realize that when I'm on my visits they make everything seem perfect so it's important to get to know everything you can about a school and the football program, whether good or bad. I also enjoy getting to compare campuses and the overall feeling of the school.
Finally, Klock realizes that his upcoming senior season will give him one more opportunity to prove a few things to college coaches.
"Our team is really working hard and a lot of players have stepped up already," he said. "I have done my best to lead the team so far and will continue to push everyone every day. I feel a lot more comfortable on the field and feel like a lot of weight has been lifted from my shoulders now that I have some offers. However, I'm even more motivated now. Many people have doubted me throughout this and I'm ready to prove everyone wrong. Coaches have said that they think I'm too slow to play the tight end position but would make a great tackle and I want to change their minds. I'm ready to go out and have a great senior year and show everyone why I deserve to be a Division 1 football player."