Chris Bleich explains his decommitment from Penn State, still considering Lions moving forward
Offensive tackle Chris Bleich was among the participants at The Opening’s Washington D.C. regional on April 24, 2017. (Brian Linder, PennLive)
Chris Bleich made his commitment to Penn State in April of his sophomore season when the Nittany Lions were his only offer. But the three-star offensive tackle began to pick up some traction this winter, garnering offers from eight different schools in a span of a few months.
And Bleich, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound junior, started to take some visits to see these new schools that were showing interest. Less than a week after making an unofficial visit to Nebraska on April 15, Bleich announced he was decommiting from Penn State.
“I kind of just really enjoyed myself out there and it just made me realize I think I might need to take another look at everything before I throw away four years of my life if I’m not happy at a place,” Bleich told PennLive on Sunday at The Opening’s Washington D.C. Regional.
Bleich, ranked the 35th best junior offensive tackle in the country by 247sports, said he “gelled” with everyone het met at Nebraska and it was a place he felt comfortable.
While he enjoyed the trip to the Midwest, Bleich added that his decommitment doesn’t mean he won’t potentially end up back with Penn State. The junior is just trying to ensure he’s ending up at the right school for him.
“It’s definitely something I’ll come back to,” Bleich said. “I mean [Penn State] coaches are still recruiting me. They told me they want me down in the summer. I never said I was done with them.”
Bleich, who also holds offers from Pitt, Mississippi State, UConn, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Temple, UCF and Texas State, said he’s planning to visit Virginia Tech and Louisville in the coming months.
The Plymouth native said that staying in his home state to play at either Pitt or Penn State won’t be a big factor in his final decision.
“The hometown school doesn’t really bother me that much like some kids,” Bleich said. “I just want to go where I’ll enjoy my time.”