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and some sirens. Definitely a lot of sirens.
Wow, what a weekend. Penn State hosted a panoply of potential recruits this weekend and it resulted in a slew of good news. It all started when word broke that Woodbury, NJ wide receiver Shawney Kersey had committed to Penn State during his visit.
Kersey was said to be hot and heavy for Penn State way last spring before he suddenly committed to Rutgers, and that was that. He was seemingly never heard from again until he started having doubts a few weeks ago and contacted the Penn State coaching staff to see if there was still any interest. You know what's coming next.
Kersey stands an impressive 6'2" and 190 lbs and reportedly runs a 4.45 forty. He held an impressive list of offers that included Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Virginia. Both recruiting services rank him as a three star prospect. But before we get too excited, there are concerns about Kersey qualifying through the NCAA clearinghouse. So it may be 2010 before we get to see him on the field after a year at prep school.
More good news hit later in the day when it was announced that Buffalo, NY offensive lineman John Urschel gave his commitment to Joe Paterno while also on an official visit. Urschel was a late bloomer who didn't get a lot of attention during the recruiting process, but he finished his senior year as a First Team All State selection and won the Trench Trophy given to the top offensive lineman in Western New York. The 6'3" 275 prospect also held offers from Buffalo and Boston College. He reportedly boasts a 94 GPA and scored a 2100 on the SATs so he's also a great student.
But the big news that has everybody buzzing this weekend was the verbal commitment of Sto-Rox quarterback Paul "P.J." Jones. Jones is Penn State's second verbal for the class of 2010 joining linebacker Mike Hull. He is listed at 6'3" and 218 lbs but claims he is now 6'5" 225 lbs after a growth spurt this fall. Jones a two year starter that led the WPIAL with 20 touchdown passes as a sophomore, completing 113-of-212 passes for 1851 yards. His junior year was nearly a carbon copy as he completed 112-of-182 passes for 1973 yards and 21 TD's. He also ran 72 times for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Jones is another athletic quarterback similar to Michael Robinson, Daryll Clark, and Kevin Newsome, so it's safe to say the Spread HD is here to stay.
Because he's just a junior the recruiting services haven't given him a star rating yet, but most everyone agrees he should start out with a four or even five star rating. He along with Mike Hull have formed the cornerstones upon which the rest of the recruiting class for 2010 will be formed.
Funny how fortunes change so quickly. A month ago after Pat Devlin left we were all in a panic over who was going to be our quarterback after Daryll Clark graduates in 2009. A few weeks later we're suddenly set at quarterback through 2013. This is why panic mode is never advisable when it comes to football and recruiting.