While he's not sure where he'll end up in college yet, defensive end Tyrell Sales is seeing the benefits of staying in-state for college. That's great news for the top two schools in Pennsylvania.
"Lately it's seemed like things are coming down to Penn State and Pitt," said Sales, one of the nation's top defensive ends. "I'm beginning to think I want to stay in state to go to college. Right now things are pretty even between those two. In the end I'll look back and realize how important location was in my decision."
Sales is coveted for his strength and speed at defensive end, and he can also play linebacker. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and with a 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds, Sales has the attention of some of the nation's top programs.
"Schools like Ohio State, Virginia, Notre Dame and a couple of others are still recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "My mind isn't made up or anything, but I would like to have my decision made before school starts. That's what I had originally said, and I'd still like to try and do that."
Don't expect Sales to visit many schools before announcing his decision.
"No, I don't think I'll be taking visits," he said. "Like I said, I'd like to decide before the season, and the only school I'll officially visit is the school I commit to, more than likely. I definitely won't take any more unofficial visits, and I might not even take any official visits."
As a junior, Sales had 100 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. He has friends on both Pitt and PSU.
"I'm tight with Andrew Johnson who committed to Pitt, but AQ Shipley is also a friend of mine," he said. "I want to go to a school where I know people, but I have friends at both places so that won't be a factor."