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Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby PennState03Chris » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:15 pm

Since we are a month and a half away from the Class of 2013 signing day, why not start looking ahead?

Here is a list from Lions247 of offers that have gone out to 2014 kids. The list is a bit here and there, as some of those offers went out before the sanctions. As would be expected, several of those kids immediately crossed us off of their lists. Long way to the first Wednesday in February 2014, however, so we'll see.

Here are some early names to remember. Not necessarily kids who are 'leaning' to Penn State (there are really only a couple at this point), but just general names of kids Penn State is looking at. And, being such an early list, the names on such a list will change greatly over time. * denotes an offer.

QB:

*Clayton Thorson, 4 star, IL
*DeShone Kizer, 4 star, OH
Andrew Ford, 4 star, PA (Cedar Cliff, same HS as Adam Breneman)

RB:

*Mark Allen, 3 star, MD (COMMITTED)
Sterling Dailey, Unranked, VA
J.T. Blyden, 4 star, PA

WR:

*Chris Godwin, 4 star, Delaware
*Thaddeus Snodgrass, 4 star, OH
*Cameron Phillips, 4 star, MD
Porter Ontko, Unranked, IL

OL:

*Quenton Nelson, 3 star, NJ
Alex Bars, 4 star, TN (brother of current DE Brad Bars)
Michael Grimm, 3 star, PA
Eric Gallo, Unranked, PA
James McHale, Unranked, PA

DE:

Tyler Burke, 3 star, PA (played LB this season, will likely grow into a DE)

DT:
*Andrew Brown, 5 star, VA
*Ricky Walker, 4 star, VA
Connor Morehart, Unranked, PA

LB:

*Korie Rogers, 4 star, GA
*Troy Reeder, 3 star/4 star, Delaware
Zaire Franklin, Unranked, PA

DB:

*Montae Nicholson, 4 star, PA
*Troy Vincent, JR, 3 star/4 star, MD
Omar Truitt, 4 star, DC
Felix Manus-Schell, Unranked, PA

ATH (meaning, RB, WR, DB):

*DeAndre Thompkins, 3 star, NC (WR or DB)
*Nick Scott, Unranked, VA (likely a RB or slot WR)
Myles Autry, 4 star, GA (no idea on position)
Elijah Zeise, 3 star/4 star, PA (no idea on position)

Some notes;

- Only 1 offer out in PA, although that could change soon as the staff was out in force at the state championship games in Hershey this past weekend looking at 2014 kids. For reference, the early 247Sports Top 247 has 8 kids from PA.

- Barring a rash of open season transfers, next year's class will likely not reach 15. The 65 scholarship limit will, well, limit us.

- PA, NY, CT, NJ, DE, DC, MD, and VA hold 35 of the 247Sports Top 247 players. Ohio has 17, Georgia 22, California 25, Texas 28, Florida 31.

- I would imagine that we really aim high for a QB and see if we can land one. As long as Bill O'Brien is our HC, there isn't a QB in the nation who isn't at least going to give us a look.

- RB situation will be interesting. Zwinak and Belton will be seniors when these 2014 kids arrive, and Akeel Lynch will be a sophomore. After missing out on a RB in the 2013 class, do we take two in 2014 (especially since Allen is a smaller back)?

- I'd think we'd be going after a couple of WRs next year. Again, I think our offense helps. Interestingly, no TE offers out yet, and no real TE targets.

- I could see us only taking 1 DE next year, and there isn't a good target yet. On the inside, I think we've got to take at least 2 DTs.

- We already have 3 LBs signed up for 2013, and we are looking at another LB currently committed to Wisconsin. Whether we get a 4th, or end up with 3, I'd think that we only look at 1 LBer next year. Got to think that one of the 2013 kids plays as a true freshman, and the others redshirt.

- Lots of good secondary kids, especially down in the greater DC area. Omar Truitt is a kid who would probably commit on the spot, but the staff is holding off for one reason or another (they may not like his speed).

- If we take 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 DE, 2 DTs, 1 LB, and 3 DBs, that puts us at 11 without even considering the OLine, where we would be crazy to not take at least 2. Perhaps it could work, especially if don't use our last two spots for 2013 and can pull in two kids as early enrollees.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby PennState03Chris » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:09 pm

So, Penn State is hosting its first Class of 2014 Junior Day this weekend. Interestingly, Christian Hackenberg and Brendan Mahon will be in town as well. I'm assuming that Hack and Mahon will be doing a little schmoozing and recruiting of these 2014 kids.

Based on a list I saw yesterday afternoon, here are some of the bigger names who will be in town (* denotes they have an offer):

(Committed) Mark Allen, 3* RB, Hyattsville, MD
Noah Beh, Unrated DE, Scranton, PA
Anthony Davis, 4* DB, Gateway, PA
*Chris Godwin, 4* WR, Middletown, DE
Michael Grimm, 3*/4* OL, Bethel Park, PA
*Dravon Henry, 4* DB, Aliquippa, PA
*Jonathon Hilliman, 3* RB, Jersey City, NJ
Thomas Holley, 4* DT, Brooklyn, NY
Robert Martin, 3* RB, Harrisburg, PA
*Montae Nicholson, 4* DB, Gateway, PA
^Troy Reeder, 3* LB, Wilmington, DE
*Nick Scott, Unrated Athlete, Virginia
Johnathon Thomas, 3* RB, Danvers, MA

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And, it appears that the list in the first post is already well outdated in terms of targets.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby PennState03Chris » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:01 pm

RB Nick Scott from Virginia has committed to Penn State. Welcome Nick!
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby appoo » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:01 pm

Scott is a 4* on 247, and will likely end up giving a commitment to Penn State sooner rather than later. Reminds me of Derrick Williams.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby appoo » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:02 pm

PennState03Chris wrote:RB Nick Scott from Virginia has committed to Penn State. Welcome Nick!


Guess I was a second too late. I'm guessing we view him as an athlete, and still concentrate on getting a more traditional power back. The two backs we have are smaller.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby pennst92 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:53 pm

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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby appoo » Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:58 pm

PennState03Chris wrote:RB Nick Scott from Virginia has committed to Penn State. Welcome Nick!


Might have to switch this to SAF, as it appears we offered him as a DBack.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby PennState03Chris » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:47 pm

LB Troy Reeder has committed to Penn State! Troy is a 3* from Wilmington, DE, and if I recall correctly, was the first LB we offered for the 2014 class.

Welcome Troy!
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby appoo » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:09 pm

He's going to blow up once he hits the camp circuit. Glad we got him early.
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Re: Class of 2013-2014 Recruiting

Postby PennState03Chris » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:31 pm

Some visit updates:

4* QB Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, IL) visited PSU on Tuesday and Wednesday. He also came out for the Wisky game last year. We'll see how it ends up, but a good sign considering that he was the first QB we offered for 2014.

4* JuCo OT Jermaine Eluemunor is visiting PSU today. Lions247 has him as the best JuCo player in the nation. The kid looks like a good one, and his offer list backs that up - OSU, Bama, FSU, Oklahoma, A&M, etc.
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