Aliquippa four-star Class of 2024 linebacker Cameron Lindsey plans on being in Beaver Stadium for Saturday’s home opener against Ohio, he told Nittany Sports Now.
Although Lindsey’s hometown school, Pitt, has a big home game against Tennessee the same day at 3:30, Lindsey will be at Penn State due largely to a photo shoot in State College hosted by National Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming. Lindsey is also getting his ticket to the game through Lemming.
It’ll be Lindsey’s second game in Beaver Stadium, the first one coming last November when Penn State hosted Michigan. Less than a month later, Penn State became the first school to offer Lindsey, doing so Dec. 10, the day after Aliquppia won the state championship. Since then, Lindsey has received nine more DI offers, and since September started, college coaches can expand their contact with him.
Before Sept. 1, coaches weren’t allowed to contact 2024 recruits first via NCAA rules.
Now, Lindsey’s recruitment is intensifying.
“It’s a lot different,” Lindsey told NSN. “Before (Sept. 1), I would only talk to a coach in person because that’s really all we could ever do. But now that we’re able to talk freely, I’ve been able to have a lot more conversations with them just outside of football and about life itself.”
Since the beginning of the month, Lindsey has talked with Penn State assistant recruiting coordinator and former Nittany Lion defensive back Alan Zemaitis and director of player personnel Kenny Sanders. He also has a relationship with Penn State associate head coach and defensive recruiting coordinator Terry Smith, who played and coached at Gateway High School near Pittsburgh.
Lindsey didn’t get to know Zemaitis or Sanders during his visits to Penn State, the latest coming at the Lasch Bash held the last weekend of July, and has enjoyed getting to know the two in September.
He looks forward to getting to talk with them in person this weekend.
“(Zemaitis is) a cool dude,” Lindsey said. “Him and… I like Kenny a lot. Kenny’s super funny… I heard about (Zemaitis) as a player; he was a super great player. Before, I only really talked to him for like three seconds. Hopefully, this time, I can definitely have like a 30-minute conversation with him.”
Penn State is one of Lindsey’s top schools, as are Pitt and West Virginia, who recently brawled it out in their epic rivalry renewal this past Thursday. Pitt, of course, is close to home for Lindsey and former Aliquppia star M.J. Devonshire— who Lindsey never played with but knows personally– etched himself into Backyard Brawl lore with his game-winning pick-6 late in the fourth quarter. Lindsey wanted to go to the Brawl but couldn’t due to practice for Aliquppia’s opening game against Armstrong the next night. In that game, Lindsey made 14 tackles in a Quip win, earning congratulations from WVU coach Neal Brown.
Additionally, Cincinnati has been in contact with Lindsey, among other schools.
When Lindsey narrows his list of schools down, he said he plans to cut the number down to three. Penn State could fall into that top three, with Pitt and West Virginia still strong candidates.
Penn State and West Virginia were the first two schools to offer Lindsey, and both are still pursuing him heavily.
“Now, since Sept. 1, Penn State can message me more freely,” he said. “Recruitment has definitely taken a skyrocket with (Penn State and West Virginia) and a lot of other schools also.”
Lindsey also hopes to attend Penn State’s White Out game against Minnesota Oct. 23.