As a former Nittany Lion, Chris Thorpe was pleased when his son C.J., a 4-star recruit, chose to commit to Penn State earlier this year.
But he was perhaps equally determined to make sure his son didn’t commit to one particular school. The one that neighbors Pennsylvania to the west.
C.J. Thorpe told ESPN.com in a story published Tuesday that his father — who played running back at Penn State in the late 1980’s — was contacted by Urban Meyer, but the elder Thorpe told the Buckeyes coach he could no longer recruit his son.
“I didn’t know what happened and thought Ohio State was just not offering me,” C.J. told ESPN. “But I talked to my dad a year after the call and he was like, ‘Yeah, I told him he can’t recruit you.’ ”
C.J. is the 11th-rated offensive guard and the No. 204 overall recruit in the 2017 class according to 247 Sports. The Pittsburgh Central (Pa.) product committed to Penn State in April.
The younger Thorpe also told ESPN while he remains committed to Penn State, he plans to visit UCLA in January. Current Bruins defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was an assistant coach at Penn State when the elder Thorpe was on the Nittany Lions.