6-5, 280-pound Holy Cross High School (Delran, N.J.) offensive line prospect Dennis Landolt made the trip to Penn State this past weekend. This was his first official visit.
“It went well,” Landolt said. “I’d rate it pretty high – probably like a 9. What stood out the most was the game atmosphere. Even though they weren’t winning coming in, it was still a fun atmosphere. I also had a chance to meet the guys, which was something I couldn’t do on unofficial visits before. I realized that the players are close and they are upbeat.”
Landolt said he felt “pretty comfortable” on the trip, but he remains intent on making at least 2 more official visits. In addition to the visit he has set to Virginia Tech, Landolt has added a 3rd official to his schedule. He may make all 5 visits but hasn’t decided.
“I’m going to Rutgers on December 3rd,” Landolt said. His visit to Virginia Tech will be on December 10th. “I decided to go there because I’ve been there a bunch of times. They are a program on the rise.”
Following the Penn State experience, Landolt continues to have 2 leaders.
“My 2 favorites are still Penn State and Virginia Tech,” Landolt said. “I like a lot of things about both schools.”
Landolt, who visited Tech unofficially earlier this year, has enjoyed the contact he has had with Tech coaches over the past few months.
“They seem to be good guys,” Landolt said of the Tech coaches. “I’m looking forward to the visit and seeing the place when school’s in session. I went there during the summer and it was empty because the students weren’t there.”
When decision time comes, Landolt will base his choice on gut feeling.
“I like most of the stuff about the programs and the schools themselves,” Landolt said. “I’ll just go to the school I feel is the best for me.”
Do questions about Paterno’s future at Penn State have an effect on Landolt?
“Kind of, but I’ve heard that when he does step down somebody inside the program would probably take over,” Landolt said. “So it would not be a big change or anything.”
Holy Cross is 7-1 on the year and have earned the 3rd seed in the playoffs, which begin this week....
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