McHale's Navy Visit

James McHale

Dunmore High offensive tackle James McHale camped at Penn State in June, and caught the eye of offensive line coach Mac McWhorter.

The 6-foot-7, 300 pound tackle started his day in Happy Valley around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, and explored the University Park campus before going for lunch with other recruits and members of the Penn State coaching staff.

"I loved the campus. It was my second time down there, so I've seen it before, but it was cool to see it with all the people there," James McHale said.

"I talked to Coach Mac for a little bit, and he just asked how I liked campus and stuff like that."

Anytime recruits visit and see a victory by the home team, it usually results in a positive day. That happened for McHale, and more.

"The game exceeded my expectations, and was more than I thought it would be going in," McHale said.

"I went to Rutgers last week, and we walked out and it wasn't that big. But then I walked out of Penn State, and it was huge. I like the feel of it, and I liked it a lot."

Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Nebraska are the schools showing the junior interest thus far, but Penn State may have an added boon: McHale's mother's approval.

"My mom says she loves it down there, it's perfect," McHale said.

"It's an easy three hour drive, so it's far enough but not too far."

Dunmore is off to a 3-0 start with McHale playing right tackle, and he hopes to find the kind of atmosphere of his high school at the next level.

"Academics and how the athletic program is doing are both important factors, but I want to be somewhere where everyone knows your name, and knows who you are," McHale said.

"Dunbar is more of family atmosphere, and that's what I want at a school."

For now though, it's onto the next game of the season, and as he lines up visits to Pittsburgh and a return trip to Penn State, McHale will take the process slowly.

"I want to take it slow and get a feel for what's going on," McHale noted.

"A lot of schools say they want to see some film, and want to know what I think about their school, so it's a lot to consider right now."

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