Mark Wedderburn, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound three-star tight end from O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., has over 20 scholarship offers, and says that Penn State remains his number one choice.
"I really have a great vibe with all the coaches and players there (at Penn State)," Wedderburn said. "That's really what gives them the edge right now. I'd say there's a 73 percent chance I'll choose them."
The Nittany Lions lead solidly over Florida, Tennessee, Rutgers, Michigan and Louisville and all six have offered. "I haven't set up any official visits yet, but I'm gonna try to have a few set by the end of the month. I just need to figure everything out with my schedule.
"I'm looking at all their depth charts and trying to see how early I'd be able to play," Wedderburn said. "I know it'll be hard work, but I really want to make an impact wherever I go."
Although Wedderburn hasn't set up any official visits yet, he did visit Penn State unofficially for the Notre Dame game on Sept. 8. "It was a great experience," he said. "It was a lot of fun and the atmosphere is great there. I love how dedicated they are to Penn State. People started tailgating like at 6 am.
"Penn State is rolling right now," Wedderburn said. "The offense is going really well and the defense is ridiculous. I'm really excited about how well they are playing."
Another game that Wedderburn says he'd like to go to is Louisville at West Virginia. "That wouldn't be an official visit because it's at West Virginia, but that would be a fun game to go see."
The only other school that Wedderburn has visited besides Penn State is Rutgers. "I like them a lot," he said about the Scarlet Knights. "They are still an up-and-coming team and I look forward to seeing how they do when the play some of the better teams."
Wedderburn, ranked as the No. 21 tight end in the country by Scout.com, also admits that some early losses by teams like Tennessee and Michigan won't affect his opinion of those programs. "Tennessee lost to California, which is a really good team," he said. "I'm surprised by Michigan starting 0-2 and I know they are having a bad season, but I'm not ready to throw them in the dirt yet. They are still a powerhouse team with a lot of tradition.
"It was surprising to see them lose to Appalachian State, but it just teaches you not to underestimate anyone. They lost to Oregon too, but Oregon has a really good team too. Like I said, I'm not ready to throw Michigan in the dirt yet."
Another team that has impressed Wedderburn so far is Florida. "They have really good coaches and they told me that I shouldn't be afraid of getting away from home," he said. "They know how much I like Penn State and said that they could really see me playing early for them and fitting in with their offense well."
Wedderburn says he'll make a decision at the end of the season.
O'Hara is 1-1 thus far and Wedderburn has four receptions for 56 yards on offense. Defensively, he has eight tackles one sack and one fumble recovery.
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 930 SAT, which he is retaking in November.