Lineman Has A Favorite
LionNews Recruiting Update

Posted Jul 29, 2002


Brock Choate, a talented offensive lineman from Williamsport, PA that has already received a few scholarship offers, names his favorite team. How interested is he in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Brock Choate
Position: OL, DL
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 268 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.2
Bench Press: 270 pounds
School: Loyalsock Twp SHS, Williamsport, PA

Brock Choate played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Loyalsock last year. On defense this season, he will play at the defensive-end position. Brock, however, is being recruited to play offensive tackle at the college level and already has a few early scholarship offers.

"I have three offers: Maryland, NC State and Georgia Tech," Brock said. "Georgia Tech said they would offer me if I come down and see the coach."

Unlike the verbal offers from Georgia Tech and NC State, Maryland's scholarship offer is in writing.

"I was down at Maryland on Wednesday. I went down to see the coaches and to see the facilities because they offered me a scholarship and I wanted to see it first."

Brock was impressed during his visit to Maryland.

"Oh, I love it. I'm just waiting on Penn State."

The Nittany Lions are the clear favorite at this point in time.

"Maryland is second and then it doesn't really matter after that. If I don't get an offer from Penn State, I'll go to Maryland."

Brock has spoken with several members of the Penn State coaching staff, namely assistant coaches Dick Anderson, Bill Kenney and Larry Johnson.

"They have 2 offers out to other kids (offensive linemen), so before they can offer me they have to wait to see what they do. If a kid denies it, they can give me that offer."

How long will he wait on the Nittany Lions?

"I'm going to wait and if I don't hear from them, I'm going to commit probably before my first game."

Maryland has not yet been pressuring him for a commitment.

Brock has visited several other schools besides Maryland.

"I went on a little trip to Virginia, NC State, Michigan State, Ohio State and then Penn State."

Choate is no stranger to the Penn State campus.

"I was there for a junior day and then I went to their camp for two days. It's so close and they have the best facilities that I've seen so far. We have season tickets for the home games. We've been going for a while actually. Everyone could come watch me play.

"Maryland is only 3 hours away, but Penn State's more known around here. But, I like Maryland's coach (Coach Friedgen), he's a real good coach. He's a smart guy."



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