Figured that we'd get this started, as the staff has been pursuing some of these kids since this past Spring. These are kids who will sign their letters of intent in February of 2015 and be true freshmen in the Fall of 2015. Long ways off, but that's the nature of the beast these days. At least it isn't like lacrosse, where many high schoolers commit to a college after their freshman season.
* denotes an offer. According to Lions247
, the staff has sent out 48 offers to 2015 kids. Many more, particularly at certain positions (QB), are taking longer to go out - likely to allow the staff to watch more film of their junior seasons.
One of the two offers out is to the #1 dual threat QB in the nation - Torrance Gibson. The kid has offers from everyone, and we don't seem to be a player.
*NJ 4* Brandon Wimbush
PA 4* Brett Brumbaugh
The above two seem to be the main targets right now. However, there have been QBs from states far away who are indicating that they want to come visit Penn State. This is very much a "wait and watch junior film" position before offers go out, although the staff supposedly likes both Wimbush and Brumbaugh.
Penn State has put out 6 offers to RBs so far. 5 are still on the table, and 3 of them are from the south - which means unlikely that we'll even get a visit.
*PA 4* Andre Robinson
*PA 4* Josh Adams
Robinson is a McDevitt kid, while Adams plays for CB South. Both seem to be low key guys, especially Adams. Robinson was up for the Michigan game. I think we have a good chance at one of the two. Whether we take 1 or 2 RBs may depend upon whether the staff adds a 3rd RB to the 2014 class.
*NY 4* Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
OH 3*/4* CJ Conrad
CT Unranked Chris Clark
Wheatley is supposed to visit this Fall, but is obviously a Michigan legacy. Conrad grew up an Ohio State fan, but loves the way that OB uses TEs and wants an offer. Clark, iirc, impressed at a summer camp and, again iirc, would be all PSU if an offer came his way.
*NJ 4* Juwan Johnson
*TN 4* Van Jefferson
We have 5 offers out there, but, again, some are in far away places, and can't be taken seriously until they decide to visit. Honestly, the talk on the WR front is almost non-existent. We do have 3 guys signed for 2014, which is probably part of it. I list Johnson only because he's from NJ and visited for the UM game. Jefferson is the son of a Titans assistant coach, and earned an offer after camping at Penn State this summer. He'll probably be a tough pull, however.
*ID 4* Tristen Hoge
*PA 4* Sterling Jenkins
*MD 4* Isaiah Prince
*PA 4* Ryan Bates
*NJ 4* Grant Newsome
*VA 4* Austin Clark
*DC 4* Richie Petitbon
NJ 4* Steven Gonzalez
Lots of offensive line talent in our region for 2015. Bates has been to Penn State probably going on a dozen times now. Jenkins was up for the team BBQ over the summer, and returned for the UM game. Those two seem like, at this early stage, the ones most interested in Penn State, although the others either have or will visit at some point. Have to imagine that we go heavy on linemen in 2015.
*MD 3*/4* Darius Fullwood
*VA 3*/4* Harry Lewis
We've offered a few DEs, but Fullwood seems to really like Penn State, and Lewis appears interested and open to Penn State. The other DE offers don't elicit much discussion. We have offered 1 DT (CT 4* Christian Wilkins), but I haven't heard a peep since we offered a while ago.
*OH 3*/4* Chris Green
*OH 4*/5* Justin Hilliard
*VA 4* Ricky DeBerry
*OH 4* Jerome Baker
PA 3* Jake Cooper
Green is the most recent offer, and jumped quickly at the chance to visit for the UM game. Hilliard is a big time player, and, at least how the story goes, was going to be in town for the UM before sustaining an injury in his game Friday night. Hilliard's brother plays at Iowa, and Ohio State is obviously in play. Baker is a big time player, but I think his father really loves Ohio State. DeBerry might very well turn into a rush end by the time he's done growing (6'2" 240 before his junior season).
*NJ 4* Minkah Fitzpatrick
*PA 4* John Reid
*NJ 4* Kareem Ali
*PA 4* Jordan Whitehead
Reid claims no favorites, but he keeps appearing at Penn State. He's kind of the same story as OL Ryan Bates. Reid is also the top rated player in PA. Ali has made it very clear that he loves Penn State, and that we are his clear favorite. Fitzpatrick is one hell of a player, with offers from everyone. Lions247 said that he was easily the best player at any position during PSU's summer camps. He wanted to be at the UM game, but had practice. He'll be a tough pull. These kids, also, are all listed at CBs. Have to think that our bigger need would be safety.
Some other notes:
PA has seven players in the 247sports Top 247. Penn State has offered 6 of them.
OH has eight players in the Top 247. We've offered the top 3 in Ohio, along with #15 Chris Green. #16 TE CJ Conrad is also on the radar.
NJ has eleven players in the Top 247. Many of them either have offers or are on the radar.
MD only has four in the Top 247. We've only offered 2 of the top 10 from Maryland.
VA has eleven in the Top 247. We've offered a good number of VA kids, but seem to only be in it for 3 of them.
Keep in mind that we have 48 offers out right now for what will most likely be a full class of 25.
Hope that wasn't too much rambling...