Great Valley's Ryan Buchholz dreamed of playing in a packed house at Beaver Stadium in front of 107,000 fans one day.

Come the fall of 2015, that dream will become a reality.

One of the most dominant linemen in District 1, Buchholz announced on Monday that he will play college football at Penn State after making his second visit to University Park in as many weeks.

Buchholz will join other Southeastern Pennsylvania stars that new head coach James Franklin has zeroed in on since accepting the Nittany Lions job in January.

Franklin, a Neshaminy grad, has made a commitment to recruiting District 1 players and Buchholz is a big one in the early going for Penn State.

Buchholz admitted Franklin gave him a very good first impression upon his first encounter with him several weeks ago.

"After meeting Franklin and the staff, I knew it was a done deal,' Buchholz said. "I don't think there are any better coaches in the entire country than (Franklin).'

Buchholz had his heart set on Penn State since visiting the campus on junior day two weeks ago. He wanted to make his decision then, but felt it was better to talk with his family and Great Valley head coach Mike Choi, who explained what Buchholz will bring to Happy Valley.

"Ryan is such a great kid and works hard to get better all the time,' Choi said. "He really wanted to get this over with and Penn State and coach (James) Franklin really wanted him. He is just a relentless recruiter. Ryan is so strong and fast and that is why so many colleges went very hard after him. He had 13 offers already.'


Buchholz chose Penn State over new Big Ten schools Maryland and Rutgers, along with Virginia of the ACC.

Other notable schools Buchholz was offered were Pittsburgh, Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue.

A strong side defensive end, Buchholz admitted Franklin could move him to defensive tackle based on his growth over the next 12-18 months.

In the meantime, Buchholz will savor the feeling of heading out of that south end zone tunnel on fall Saturday's donning the traditional blue and white of Penn State.

"I've always been a huge fan and dreamed of playing (at Penn State),' Buchholz said. "It's all a dream come true.'

Sports writer Jeff Kerr contributed to this article. Follow Kerr on Twitter @jeff_kerr, or email him at