Oviedo junior OL-DL Alec Shriner was taking in the sub-freezing environs of Happy Valley this past weekend during a visit to Penn State.
“It was pretty cold. I think it was like 14 degrees during the game. I’m not really used to that,” Shriner said of the weather during Saturday’s Nittany Lions game against Nebraska, which Penn State lost 23-20. “But it was fun. It was pretty cool to see the atmosphere at Penn State and then with the snow and everything just added to the experience.”
He had to borrow and athletic department coat to brave the chill, but he said it wasn’t bad and that he had seen snow before, but not to the extent he saw it Saturday.
Shriner has not been offered by Penn State yet, but he’s hopeful. His lone FBS offer so far is from UMass, as a defensive lineman. He’s getting looks from different schools from both sides of the ball.
“Penn State looks at me as a center,” said Shriner, the No. 20 ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2015 Central Florida Super60. “I wanted to get up there for a game and I have family in that area too.”
He played offensive guard and nose guard for Oviedo this year, but played center all through his Pop Warner days.
“It doesn’t matter to me. Playing football is fun no matter what side of the ball I’m on,” Shriner said. “Penn State is definitely up there in my charts, but I don’t know where I have them sitting. It’s pretty exciting and I’m thrilled to think of myself as a Big Ten athlete.”
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