What has long been speculated is now official: Wyoming Valley West offensive lineman Chris Bleich announced this morning that he’s no longer committed to Penn State’s football program.


Bleich is a pretty solid prospect, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com who likely would have fit in at tackle or guard. He verbally committed to Penn State a little more than a year ago, but since, he has been one of the most interesting recruits to follow because he clearly was not one of those prospects who committed somewhere to keep the attention away. Other programs were still beating down his door, and it wasn’t like he didn’t welcome their respective pitches.

More recently, Bleich took unofficial visits to Mississippi State, Pittsburgh and Nebraska, and it was after that visit to Lincoln that it really seemed as if a decommitment from Penn State was inevitable. In fact, he told Husker Online that the visit was so good, he’d have to strongly consider his future plans.

Best way for Penn State fans to look at this: A kid who liked their school enough to commit happened to get the itch to go through the full recruiting process. And that’s great for him. You only get to do that once, after all. Bleich will find the program that fits him best this way, and Penn State will be in great shape regardless.

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