Delvon Randall curled up in Beaver Stadium's stands, watching his breath evaporate during a chilly Saturday afternoon. He looked to the field, and the more he saw, the more he felt a strange sense of deja vu.
From those metal bleachers, the 2014 safety saw Penn State's defensive backs mix up coverages. Sometimes the safeties would sprint to the line and tackle a tailback; other times, the corners would backpedal and trail Wisconsin's wideouts like a shadow.
"Honestly, they remind me a lot of us," Randall said, referring to his Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway team. "They're physical, they know how to make a tackle and, from what I've seen, the corners got good coverage and play the way we do.
"Our defensive backs coach, he don't let us back down when a receiver comes at us -- and I think Penn State's corners do the same. The way their corners and safeties play, they're similar to Gateway's."
Randall, a two-way starter for the Gateway Gators, attended two PSU games this season. He didn't plan on driving 2.5 hours for that final home game. But when secondary coach John Butler called up his father and asked Randall to attend, the safety couldn't say no.
Butler told him an assistant would drive up sometime in December for a copy of Randall's transcripts, and the 6-foot DB didn't want to disappoint the coach who helped mold South Carolina linebacker Antonio Allen.
"Right now, I'm still trying to weigh out my choices, but I really like Penn State," Randall said. "I think I could fit in there. It's a great school, and I'd love to go up there again."
Randall boasts one scholarship offer already -- from Toledo -- and is hearing most from the Nittany Lions, Pitt and West Virginia. Other coaches are eyeing the athletic player as a wideout, but Randall said he doesn't mind where he lines up.
He insisted he currently holds no favorites. But, watching Penn State's secondary and braving through the cold, Randall said that's a school he wouldn't mind playing for in two years.
"I really like their fan base, their stadium and the way the team's playing right now," he
said. "But I think my favorite part about my Penn State visits are the fans and the way the coaches call plays on the sideline, the way they run the hurry-up on offense and the way the defense plays.
"I think I could fit in there."