Malcolm Willis can remember the day in October 2008 when he saw his first game at Beaver Stadium.
It was Penn State's 46-17 victory over Michigan before a sellout crowd of 110,017.
"I remember Anthony Scirrotto making big hits over the middle, and Drew Astorino making big plays," Willis recalled Wednesday. "As a young kid (high school senior), seeing that type of crowd at the game that day was amazing to me. I had never seen that amount of people come out to see a football game in my life."
Willis is a senior safety these days for the Nittany Lions (0-1 Big Ten, 3-2), who meet the No. 18 Wolverines (1-0, 5-0) Saturday (5 p.m., TV-ESPN) in State College. A sellout crowd of more than 108,000 is expected.
About 60 Penn State recruits are expected to be in attendance for Beaver Stadium's annual Whiteout, when the entire crowd dresses in white. It can be a huge recruiting tool for the Nittany Lions.
"The Whiteout games are definitely huge games," Penn State linebacker Mike Hull said. "I remember going to the Notre Dame game (a 31-10 win in 2007 before 110,078) when I was a sophomore in high school. It was the first full stadium Whiteout. It was just a great experience.
"I don't think any other stadium in college football can duplicate that. I think it's a major selling point for recruits. I think they'll enjoy it this weekend, especially because we're playing Michigan."
Glenn Carson, now a senior linebacker for the Lions, said he was considering committing to Penn State before he attended the 2008 win over Illinois before 109,626. That night solidified his decision.
"Just the atmosphere and being at a Penn State football game was phenomenal," Carson said. "It was really cool to see. You can feel the tradition while you're at the game.
"For those recruits, I think they're going to really enjoy the game and kind of see what we're all about."
Penn State has filled Beaver Stadium just three times since the start of the 2011 season, for games against Alabama and Nebraska that season and for a game against Ohio State last year.
"It definitely impacts a young kid," Willis said. "It definitely stays with you a long time. I can still remember how excited I was to come out and see the crowd and see the team perform."