Playing behind all-everything defensive end and close friend Noah Spence hasn't translated to any offers yet for Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt linebacker Brock Dean, but the Crusaders' second-leading tackler is a Division I recruit in his own right.
Dean was a second team all-state pick last year.
On Saturday, the pair took a visit to Penn State.
"It was really nice, when we first got there we sat in on a team meeting and then went around and viewed the campus and the stadium and stuff like that," he said. "Then we went and met with Coach Paterno a little bit. We got to eat with a couple of the defensive linemen and linebackers so it was a good experience."
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Dean hadn't had much contact with Penn State before the visit, but that could change after Saturday.
"They said that they're going to evaluate my film. I handed it to Coach Johnson when we were meeting with him," said Dean. "He said that he liked me as a person, my personality and all. He said that he was going to give it to the linebackers coach and he was going to watch it himself and get it evaluated."
Dean said that he enjoyed sitting down with Penn State's legendary head coach.
"It was an honor to really sit down and talk with him," he said. "He knows football and it was just a really good experience for me. He cracked a couple of jokes, he's really funny, so it was a good experience."
Though he has yet to pull in his first scholarship offer, Dean has picked up interest from a number of schools thus far.
"I've been in contact with Northwestern, Cincinnati, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers," he said. "There's nothing solid yet, no offers, but a lot of interest and a lot of letters and stuff like that."
Dean said that he will get a chance to check out some other schools this spring.
"I'm going to a spring practice at Rutgers and I'm going with Noah down to check out Maryland some time in the spring," he said. "We're going to check out Penn State again, too."
Dean was one of many stars on defense last season for Bishop McDevitt, which went all the way to the PIAA Finals in December. He recorded 93 tackles from his linebacker position and was a second team all-state pick. He was also a member of the Patriot-News' Platinum 33 team and was a first team all-league selection.
"It was a good year for me, my sophomore year I started and it was more of a learning year, but last year I came out and knew what I was doing early so I was able to make a lot of plays for us," he said.
The junior is also being looked at by several Ivy League schools and carries a 3.5 GPA. Not surprisingly, academics will play a role in his decision.
"I'm looking for somewhere where I can feel at home and where I know the coaching staff real well," he said. "I'd need it to be a good fit for me academically as well as athletically."