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Chris Bleich is a 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from Plymouth, Pa. The 4-star lineman walked into Nebraska’s Red-White game on Saturday a Penn State commit.
He walked out with some thoughts he didn’t expect to have to sort through.
“The trip for me definitely opened up my mind a lot,” Bleich told Land of 10.
Bleich has been committed to Penn State for more than a year. He currently holds 11 offers, including from Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Rutgers. He’s rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the 2018 class and No. 9 player in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.
Since committing to Penn State in April 2016, Bleich has taken unofficial visits to Mississippi State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. But none really compared to the trip to Nebraska this past weekend, Bleich said.
“It was a fun atmosphere, a fun family atmosphere which I really liked a lot,” he said.
Bleich landed in Lincoln at about noon Friday and was met by offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. The coach gave him a tour of the stadium and facilities, then handed Bleich over to 2017 commits Broc Bando, Matt Sichterman, and Brenden Jaimes.
“I know Broc from when I played at IMG (Academy), and we just kind of kicked it,” Bleich said. (Bleich is back Wyoming Valley West High School.)
Bleich said he and the commits did sort of the same thing Saturday, but with other recruits, including a tour and meeting with coaches.
Offensive tackle is a must-get position for the 2018 class, and the Huskers have made offers to 16 athletes at the position. Nebraska has seven commits in its 2018 class, one of whom (3-star center Will Farniok) is an offensive lineman.
The main message to Bleich from the Huskers, he said, was that a commitment is much longer than the time you’re at a school.
“The thing coach (Cavanaugh) kept saying is, for him, it’s not just a 4-year commitment, it’s a lifetime commitment,” Bleich said.
Bleich liked that message, as well as the family atmosphere at the spring game.
“I was able to connect with the players and coaches well, and I felt comfortable,” Bleich said. “I’m going to have to sit down and think about all this.”
Here are Bleich’s Hudl highlights: