Mark Wedderburn, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound three-star tight end from O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., that Penn State remains his top choice, but the Nittany Lions chances have gone up from 73 percent to 75 percent. How's that for splitting hairs?
"I still want to get a good look at the other schools before I decide," Wedderburn said. "I'd like to make my decision in December because I'm not totally sure yet. I'd like to take all five of my visits but I'll probably only end up taking a couple. Penn State is my number choice and I already know what they are about so I don't think I'll take an official visit there."
Wedderburn, ranked as the No. 21 tight end in the country by Scout.com, hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet, but he may try to visit Tennessee officially for the South Carolina game on Oct. 27. "I'm gonna call the Tennessee coaches this week and see about making that an official visit," he said. "I really like how they use their tight end and they said they would use me in the passing game a lot. I could make a lot of plays there and be very involved in their offense."
Although the Nittany Lions are Wedderburn's clear-cut favorite, he says he also likes Florida, Rutgers and Tennessee. He admits he also likes Louisville and Michigan, but they are not in his top four. Wedderburn has over 20 total scholarship offers.
"I grew up following Penn State and they've done pretty well this year," he said. "I watched the Michigan game really closely and they just seemed to have Penn State's number. I think that Penn State will keep getting better and they still have a great future ahead of them.
Despite his love for the Nittany Lions, the team that has impressed Wedderburn the most this season is Florida. "They really battled well against LSU and probably should have won that game," he said. "LSU just kept coming back and fighting hard and I guess that's why they are number one. Florida still played really well and are having a good season.
"I also like the warm weather and Florida is a great state," he said. "They stay in touch a lot and they talk to my family too. We've got a great relationship with them and they are really selling the SEC. They told me not to be afraid to leave the area and the Big Ten. I like that because that shows they are really interested in me."
Wedderburn says the main factors in his decision will be playing time, environment and the people. "I want to make sure I get along well with the players and the coaches and I'd like to go to a big school," he said. "I don't want to go to a small program."
O'Hara High School is currently 3-3 and Wedderburn has 188 receiving yards and one touchdown. Defensively, he has 30 tackles and three sacks.
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 930 SAT, which he is retaking on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.