Has A Decision Been Made?

Brent Wise

Brent Wise started at both wide-receiver and cornerback for Central Dauphin this season. His father, Tom Wise, lettered for Penn State in 1978, 79 and 80. Will Brent follow in his father's footsteps?

Name: Brent Wise
Position: WR, DB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4
Bench Press: 290 pounds
School: Central Dauphin SHS, Harrisburg, PA

Brent, who has already taken an official visit to UConn, will visit Penn this weekend.  He is only planning one other official visit after that, to Penn State on January 17.  He was thinking about taking visits to Harvard and Princeton, but he has decided against that.

Until recently, UConn was Brent's only scholarship offer.  The Ivy League schools interested in Brent do not extend athletic scholarships, but were willing to do whatever they could to help him get financial aid.

Yesterday, rumors were floating around on the internet that Penn State had offered him a scholarship and that Brent committed to Penn State.

"Penn State offered," Brent said Tuesday evening.  "I talked to Coach Paterno on the Friday before they left for the bowl and he told me they were going to.  Coach Johnson called today and just confirmed that."

Coach Larry Johnson is scheduled to visit the Wise family this Sunday.

Brent has not officially committed to Penn State as of yet.

"No, I didn't commit to them.  I'm going to talk to Coach Johnson on Sunday and I think I'm going to do something next week definitely."

It appears, however, that Brent wearing the Blue and White next season is basically a forgone conclusion.

"[Playing for Penn State] is something I've wanted to do my whole life."

Brent finally got the offer he was hoping for.

"They didn't want to let me get away from them because I had told them I was going to commit to UConn if they didn't come up with something.  They came through and they said 'we don't want you to get away from us'."

According to Brent, Penn State is recruiting him to play wideout.  There is, of course, a chance the talented athlete could end up playing on the defensive side of the ball as well.

"I guess so, there's always that chance.  I'll have to wait and see once I get up there.  You never know what they're going to have you play."

Brent had a terrific senior season and was instrumental in leading Central Dauphin to an undefeated record prior to their being ousted in the playoffs by eventual AAAA State Champion Parkland High School and running back Austin Scott, who is headed to Penn State.

"I had 45 catches for 1,215 yards .  I had 550 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns, 17 receiving and 11 rushing.

"I also played free safety a little bit and I played corner near the end of the season.  I had 3 interceptions but I'm not sure how many tackles."

Brent slightly prefers playing offense over playing defense.

"Yeah, I do.  I like them both, but I think I'm a little more effective as a wideout.  But, I like to play defense too."

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