Blue&White wrote:Great news. Very excited about this commit.
Definitely a big pickup, and a kid who had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc. He is, also, fairly new to the game of football, but has picked things up pretty quickly. Think this was only his second season of football.
So, Holley officially makes 17 commits. Remember that we can go to 23.
The question is then, who fills those remaining 6 slots?
1 slot appears to be Donte Raymond's. He's the Delaware commit who impressed at last summer's camp. No one seems to know what's happening with him, as Blue-White Illustrated tweeted yesterday that he had committed to Penn State and then pulled their story. Reading between the lines, he seems to have an offer and is simply taking a day or two to let Delaware know that he'll be de-committing from them.
Another slot appears set for an experienced OL, likely JuCo OL Kareem Are. His is another weird recruitment, as word leaked last week that he had committed to Florida State. "Insiders" seem to feel that he'll announce for Penn State tomorrow.
We've sent out a couple of offers over the last week or so to OL who are committed to BC and Rutgers. Both essentially said, "Thanks, but it is too late." Sounds like we want another high school OL to go along with Noah Beh.
The final three slots seem to be "best available." We are in it for safety Shawn Boone out of Florida. He's down to us and NC State, barring a late offer from a bigger southern school. Troy Vincent's teammate and LB Melvin Keihn has Penn State in his top group of schools, although it sounds as though we trail VaTech. DT Derrick Nnadi is in a similar position, we got an official visit, but VaTech seems to be the leader.
We made a late run at Jared Odrick's cousin, NJ DE Darius Slade, but Slade opted for Nebraska. We recently offered a dual threat QB from Florida, who ended up picking Wake Forest.
So, 5 different positions listed there for those final 3 spots. Should be an interesting final month and half of recruiting. This is the beginning what is termed a "dead period", which means that coaches can call and write recruits, but can't visit them.