Defensive back Jake Kiley (Plymouth, N.H./New Hampton School) began playing the waiting game shortly after he committed to Penn State last July.
The cloud of uncertainty that hovered over the Penn State program following Joe Paterno's dismissal prevented Kiley from taking an official visit to State College, but he's scheduled to take that visit this weekend -- one week after Penn State hired Bill O'Brien as its head coach.
“I was just waiting it out,” Kiley said. “Things are going to be different [at Penn State], it's just a matter of how different. I'm still solid right now. Depending on how it goes this weekend that will determine if I take my other visits.”
New Hampshire, an FCS program, was Kiley's only other scholarship offer when he committed, but Kiley said several schools have contacted his father – who is New Hampton's head coach – to see if Penn State was still the school of choice.
“He didn't even tell me which schools they were,” Kiley said. “I'm trying to keep my focus on one area right now.”
Kiley said he spoke with O'Brien for the first time last Saturday. That's when he learned that neither Tom Bradley or Bill Kenney would be retained as assistant coaches on O'Brien's staff.
“I was close with Coach Bradley and I talked with Coach Kenney three or four times a week,” Kiley said. “Coach Kenney is the guy who recruited all the New England guys.”
Four-star athlete Armani Reeves (Easton, Mass./Catholic Memorial) is one of those New England guys. Reeves, who is also committed to Penn State, is scheduled to visit Michigan this weekend. Reeves is expected to play defensive back in college.
Four-star cornerback Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) is also scheduled to visit Michigan this weekend. Wright is uncommitted.
“I don't want to speak for Armani, but it is a little weird that so many of the commitments will be at Penn State this weekend and he'll be at Michigan,” Kiley said.
Smith near decision
It doesn't look like David Smith (Midlothian, Ill./Bremen) will be the next great running back at Boston College.
Smith is scheduled to announce his college decision Tuesday, and said this morning that he will choose between West Virginia and Oklahoma. He has taken an official visit to each school.
Smith also took official visits to Boston College, Cincinnati and Purdue.