Penn State will add two of the top high school recruits from Virginia to its roster for the 2019 season.
Penn State coach Mark Pavlik announced earlier this week that high school seniors Cole Bogner and Brett Wildman have both signed signed national letters of intent with the Nittany Lions.
Bogner, a 6-foot-3 setter from Chesapeake, Virginia, earned all-district and first-team all-conference honors with his high school team earlier this year. As a freshman, Bogner also helped his school win the 2014 conference title.
“Cole is an athletic setter who is an outstanding floor leader,” Pavlik said in a statement. “His success with his club teams have been impressive as he comes from an area with outstanding volleyball talent. Cole’s future contribution to Penn State men’s volleyball will no doubt continue his legacy as a very good setter.”
Wildman, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a two-time high school all-state selection, including earning first-team honors in 2017. He also helped lead his school to a state title in 2014 and was named the 2017 All-Tidewater Player of the Year.
“Brett is an outside hitter who will develop nicely in the men’s collegiate world,” Pavlik said. “His arm and movement skills will enable him to contribute fairly quickly. His passing platform should allow his ball-control skills to flourish as he becomes more familiar with the physical level of the collegiate game.”
Penn State finished last season winning the EIVA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament play-in match.