ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with New Hampton (N.H.) quarterback Jake Kiley, who committed to Penn State last July but had yet to take an official visit before scandal rocked the program.
Last weekend, the Nittany Lions officially introduced Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as their new head coach. Now that it appears stability is coming to the program, Kiley is taking his official visit to Happy Valley.
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.”
Brown also confirms that Catholic Memorial's Armani Reeves, a Lions commit, will take a visit to Michigan this weekend, as first reported on Monday by ESPNBoston.com's Brendan Hall.