March 29, 2011

Great first impression for Tyree

Out of the 20 kids that visited Penn State this past Saturday, all but four of them had been to campus before.

One of those four was Monmouth Junction (N.J.) athlete Jevon Tyree. From the sounds of things, it looks like he'll will be back sooner than later.

"I actually really liked it a lot," said Tyree. "I kind of was expecting to see what I did, but I wasn't expecting to see so much. Walking around and checking out the stadium was cool, the coaching staff was great, they're really easy to connect with. Meeting Joe was real cool. They kind of put you through an experience to understand what the games are like, I liked it a lot."

Meeting the head coach of any elite program is a thrill, but meeting Joe Paterno is truly in a class of it's own. Although the experience wasn't as personal for Tyree, he says he won't forget it anytime soon.

"(Joe) just spoke to all the players that were there and I just shook his hand, it was a pretty cool experience. I was mostly talking to coach (Dick Anderson0 and the cornerback back coach (Kermit Buggs), they went one-on-one with me."

It was during those meetings that Tyree figured out exactly where Penn State sees him in the future.

"They actually want me as a corner at Penn State," said Tyree. "I thought that's where they wanted me and they made it clear during the trip up there. I'll probably do some special teams, hopefully."

With offers from Rutgers, UConn and Boston College, Tyree won't call any school his leader until he sees all of his options, but he'll admit that Penn State began standing out way before they verbally offered.

"I've been wanting to go to Penn State since I was a freshman," Tyree said. "They were my first offer, so I would definitely say that Penn State is up there. Them, Rutgers and UConn are the ones I'm really going for right now."

Tyree doesn't plan on visiting Penn State anytime soon, but said he will "definitely be back" at some point this summer, adding that camp in early June looks like a probable time to return.

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