Chris Bleich Seeking 'Right Choice' after Penn State Decommitment
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Chris Bleich Seeking ‘Right Choice’ after Penn State Decommitment

April 22, 2017

HV: You visited Nebraska last weekend for the annual spring game. What were your first impressions?

CB: Well, at first I didn’t really know what to expect since I had never been to Lincoln before. When I first got into the city I was kind of impressed by the industrial feel of the place because of all the trains and stuff. When I got to the actual college, I kind of fell in love with it at first sight. It [has] everything a student-athlete could want right there for us.

HV: You have a prior friendship with current Husker Broc Bando from your days at IMG Academy. Does having Bando at Nebraska help the Huskers recruit you?

CB: It certainly helps to have someone you know already there. It’s always nice to know that you’re not going into something by yourself and you’ve got someone already there. Broc and I are pretty good friends, he was actually the first one to text me after I decommitted this morning, he sent me a funny text.

HV: What is your relationship like with Cavanaugh?

CB: I’ve been in contact with Coach Cav since Nebraska offered me, so for about three months. We talk on a pretty regular basis and have a really good relationship [and] when I got out to Lincoln, I just really liked the family atmosphere of the whole place.

HV: You decommitted from Penn State Friday morning. What led to that decision?

CB: I’ve been thinking about decommitting for a while now but the visit to Nebraska really opened my eyes. It really made me want to take a step back and make sure that I was making the right decision and I was going somewhere that I was 100 percent sure of.

HV: Did your Nebraska visit have any impact on your decision to decommit? Or was it more of a gut feeling?

CB: It was a bit of both. I’m planning on taking some more visits before I decide. I did talk to Coach Cav Thursday night before I decommitted, so he’s aware of everything. I just really want to make sure that I’m making the right choice before I commit somewhere else.

HV: What position are you currently being recruited at?

CB: Right now I’m mainly being recruited at tackle, but I could also play guard. I’m a bit of a tweener right now, I can play both.

HV: What do you consider your greatest strength on the football field?

CB: I would say my football IQ and ability to pick up things quickly.

HV: What is one area you’d still like to improve on?

CB: Just staying balanced out of my stance and when I get to the second level. That’s one thing I’ve really been working on with my coaches since last season.

HV: What will be the primary factor when you decide to commit to a school?

CB: I would say just the overall atmosphere. How I get along with the coaches, strength staff and the players there and if it’s a real family atmosphere.

HV: Do you have a set time for when you would like to shut things down and commit to a school?

CB: I don’t have a set time yet, but I am planning to be an early enrollee so I would like to have my decision made before I start my senior season. I’d still like to take a couple more visits before I make my decision.

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