Penn State 2018 OT recruit Chris Bleich de-commits, reopens his recruitment
Wyoming Valley West 2018 offensive lineman Chris Bleich at Penn State’s football camp in State College on June 17, 2016.
Penn State today lost a commitment from 2018 offensive tackle Chris Bleich, who de-committed via Twitter and said it was in his “best interest to reopen my recruitment.” The 6-6, 305-pound junior is a four-star prospect from Wyoming Valley West High School who had shown interest in several other schools since committing to the Lions last April.
Bleich said he gave his verbal pledge “way too early” and thanked the Penn State coaches for believing in him. He was most recently at Nebraska’s spring game last weekend and said the experience gave him pause to think about his recruitment. Bleich also visited Pitt and Mississippi State and showed interest in Rutgers.
— Chris Bleich [?] [?] (@Bleich72) April 21, 2017
Bleich briefly transferred from Wyoming Valley West to football powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in January 2016. He spent just one semester at IMG before opting to return to Wyoming Valley West.
“At the end of the day, it wasn’t for me,” Bleich told Scout’s Patrick Loney at the time. “I truly felt back home was better for my training and development for my last year and a half of high school. I know a lot of people may be dumbfounded by this.”
With Bleich’s de-commitment, Penn State is currently left without an offensive lineman in its 2018 recruiting class. The Lions do have a number of targets within their reach, several of whom project as Penn State leans.
Three-star Belle Vernon tackle Blake Zubovic and three-star Metea Valley (Ill.) tackle Bryce Effner are at the top of that list.
Penn State now has 11 commitments in its 2018 class, which ranks No. 2 in the country on 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.