||Central Dauphin SHS, Harrisburg, PA|
Penn State received its seventh known verbal commitment this weekend, when
Harrisburg (Central Dauphin HS) star Brent Wise informed the Nittany Lion
coaching staff he would be accepting their scholarship offer. Wise,
son of former Nittany Lion, Tom Wise, verballed to Penn State while on his
official visit this weekend.
Before his visit to Penn State, Brent also made unofficial visits to both
UConn and Pennsylvania. However, it came down to an instate battle--albeit
a very one sided battle once the Nittany Lions offered a scholarship to him
in late December.
Why did Brent take his time and not accept the Nittany Lion's offer immediately?
"Before I committed there, I wanted to be able to sit down with the coaches.
Reaffirm with everything. Academically, I wanted to make that
everything was in place to do what I want to do. I talked to them [academic
advisors] for a while, so I know the academics will be there and in place."
"It's something I've always wanted to do. The football part was no
question, but it was just some other things."
"More would be lost at Penn than would be gained educationally. More
would be lost of the football aspect than I would gain educationally, because
Penn State is a great university academically too."
Brent, who plans to major in Pre-med at Penn State, was hosted by a fellow
Harrisburg native and current Nittany Lion linebacker, Dethrell Garcia.
"He's from [Bishop McDevitt HS], I've known him for a while. We're
a lot alike. We come from the same place and know each other."
What activities did the recruits enjoy while in Happy Valley this weekend.
'There's a lot of touring the facility and basically a lot of talking. I
pretty much know the campus and the facilities I've seen before, so it was
just mostly a lot of talking with the coaches and academic advisors. I
talked to Coach Carter for a while."
"There's lots of good food. At night we went out and enjoyed the Penn
State night life."
"On Saturday, we went out into the stadium and they had the lights on and
everything. They played a little movie on the jumbotron. I've
seen it before, but in that setting, knowing I'm about to come play on this
field, I'm just a part of it now and I got chills."
"I'm fortunate. I'm living a dream."
Because Coach Johnson was in Alabama this weekend watching Larry in the Senior
Bowl, did Brent receive an offer in writing from the Penn State staff?
"I talked to Coach Paterno all throughout the weekend. They know it's
a done deal, so he said they're going to send something in the mail. It's
just a formality."
With six other official visitors on campus at the same time, Brent also had
the opportunity to talk to fellow Penn State commitment John Shaw and some
of the players who remain currently uncommitted.
"I met the Kinlaw kid and Nixon, the big offensive tackle. The kid
from Philly, I talked to him for a while too."
Has the Nittany Lion coaching staff expressed what position they would like
for him to play when he reports for fall practice?
"Wideout. They're thinking about playing me in the slot. As far
as playing time goes, they have not really talked about redshirting yet.
I think I can play there pretty quickly. You don't really know
until you get there."
Playing defense has not even been mentioned to Brent.
"No. From what they say, they have a good defensive backfield coming
back and they'll be there for a while. They talked about Calvin Lowry,
who got hurt, and Yaacov Yisrael's coming back."
Both of Brent's parents are Nittany Lion alum. They accompanied their
son to State College for his official visit.
"They both had a great time. My dad got to talk a lot about his old
Now that Brent has made his decision and has ended the recruiting process,
how does it feel to be a Nittany Lion?
"I feel better now. It feels like a weight has been lifted off me.
I'm getting ready to go up there and win a national championship."