With restrictions hampering the Penn State program through the next few seasons, the Nittany Lions' staff has to look far and wide to find prospects who will fit the program -- prospects who might be overlooked by other BCS schools.
Tampa (Fla.) Plant running back Wesley Bullock has proved quite productive in his two years as a starter for the Panthers. The 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior had more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage as a junior and has more than 300 yards rushing and receiving through four games as a senior.
Bill O'Brien and the Penn State staff saw enough of Bullock to extend him an offer this past week -- his first offer from a BCS program.
“Everything happened on Tuesday,” Bullock said. “I talked with Coach [Ted] Roof and he extended the offer.
“Coach O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots and he knows how to utilize guys with my skill set that are a little undersized. They talked about how they used Danny Woodhead and see me as a similar player.”
Bullock has offers from several non-BCS programs, such as Ball State, Middle Tennessee State, Bowling Green and Florida Atlantic, but he was thrilled to hear from a storied program like Penn State.
“It’s the biggest offer I have right now so that’s exciting,” he said. “A lot of people have been talking about Penn State like it’s a bad program, but they are playing hard right now and trying to move on from the past.
“I’m planning on taking an official visit there on Oct. 27 when they play Ohio State. I want to see the school for myself and really take a look at the academics and the community. It could be the best opportunity for me.”
Bullock is working on an official visit to only one other program right now: Toledo.
“Right now I would say Toledo is out front,” Bullock said. “Not necessarily my leader but the program that has been the most interested in me for the longest time. I feel real comfortable talking to the coaches there.”