Richmond (Va.) Huguenot wide receiver Kevin Counsins made a commitment to Penn State last month…
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Kevin estimated that the Nittany Lion coaching staff started showing interest in him as early as his freshman year. He attended a camp at Penn State last summer and the coaching staff was anxious to get another look at him at this year's May 15th Nike Camp.
"They were impressed because they were watching me most of the [Nike] camp," said Kevin of the PSU coaches. "At all the stations and drills I was going through, they were watching me and were impressed with what I was doing."
When LionNews spoke with Huguenot head coach Richard McFee last month, Coach McFee said that Kevin ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the PSU Nike Camp. Recent reports listed Kevin's 40-time at the event to be slightly more than 4.6 seconds.
"I ran it twice," Kevin explained. "I ran a 4.6 [the first time]. The second time I ran a 4.43."
As a result of his outstanding Nike Camp performance, the Nittany Lions offered him a scholarship the following day during a junior day.
"My coach told me that they were going to offer me the next day, so [on Sunday] Coach McQueary and Coach Kenney came to me and they were talking about how they were offering me and that they wanted me to become a Nittany Lion."
Kevin didn't hesitate to accept the Nittany Lion's offer.
"I had that whole night to think about it, so the next day, when they asked me, I was prepared."
What made him choose Penn State?
"I just like the way they presented the university to me and I like the campus out there."
What did Penn State say they liked about Kevin?
"They like my size and the fact that my grades are good and they see me as one of the athletes being there all four or five years or how many years I'm going to be there and not failing out, that I'm what they're looking for."
What was the rest of the junior day like?
"We got a tour of the campus and we got general information on questions that we had. We got to have lunch at the stadium and get familiar with the university."
Cousins, who indicated that Penn State had been recruiting him the hardest, listed the following schools as having expressed interest in him prior to his commitment to PSU: Michigan, Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Florida, North Carolina State, Northwestern, UCLA, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Tennessee and Ohio State. He recalled coaching staffs from Temple, North Carolina, Ohio State, Yale, West Point, Harvard and Michigan making the trip to Richmond to visit his school.
Kevin believes that Penn State was the only school to have offered him a scholarship.
Despite the fact that Kevin visited Maryland this past weekend and may take visits to a few other schools, he maintains that he is committed to signing with Penn State in February.