A loss did not put a damper on Quenton Nelson's visit to Penn State. The Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic junior offensive tackle was still amazed at the scene in Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
One of the top players in New Jersey in the 2014 class, Nelson was making his second visit to Penn State but his first Nittany Lions game.
"It was incredible. The student section and the fans were just crazy," Nelson said. "It was so loud it had to be hard for the linemen to hear the snap count."
Nelson said it was the loudest stadium he has ever been in. He got a taste of just how rabid the fan base is when he walked out onto the field.
"The fan base was incredible. It wa ssold out and me and all of the recruits got to walk through the tunnel, and the fans when we walked out they said 'Come to Penn State.' "
With a visit to Penn State for a camp this summer on top of his most recent visit to State College, Nelson said he has a good comfort level with the program already. He knows all the coaches by now including the strength and conditioning coach, and Nelson said the strength coach will be a factor in his recruitment.
Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter sat down with Nelson and his family during the pregame meal to let Nelson know he hopes to coach the 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle in the future.
"Coach Mac came over and said hello and talked to him for a little while," Nelson said. "He said I look good and can't wait to coach me, stuff like that."
Nelson has 14 offers, and his next visit will likely be to Ohio State on Nov. 24 for the Michigan game.