December Recruiting Thread

It's a long time until Jan 1st and I know that at least for me, recruiting is only interesting when there's no actual football to talk about...  Anyway, here's your updates (I have no insider knowledge or access, no pay site memberships, therefore this is all free content I found on the interwebs):

COMMITTED/UNSIGNED Pos Stars Ht Wt 40 RR Video Enrolled Hometown
Robert Bolden QB 6-4 195 4.5 5.9 Orchard Lake, MI
Paul Jones QB 6-3 226 - 5.9 McKees Rocks , PA
Silas Redd RB 5-10 200 4.45 5.9 Stamford, CT
Zach Zwinak RB 6-2 230 4.5 5.8 Frederick, MD
Adrian Coxson WR 6-2 194 4.45 5.8 Baltimore, MD
Alex Kenney WR 6-0 194 4.41 5.7 State College, PA
Levi Norwood WR 6-2 170 - 5.5 Waco, TX
Kyle Baublitz TE 6-4 254 5.13 5.8 York, PA
Kevin Haplea TE 6-4 226 4.75 5.7 Annandale, NJ
Miles Dieffenbach OL 6-5 277 5.5 5.8 Pittsburgh, PA
Luke Graham OL 6-5 260 - 5.7 Harrison City, PA
Daquan Jones OL 6-4 302 5.4 5.7   Johnson City, NY
Khamrone Kolb OL 6-6 300 5.1 5.5 Burke, VA
Thomas Ricketts OL 6-6 265 - 5.8 Wexford, PA
Dominique Easley DE 6-3 258 4.7 5.9 Staten Island, NY
C.J. Olaniyan DE 6-5 230 4.65 5.8 Warren, MI
Dakota Royer DE 6-3 211 4.66 5.8 Manheim, PA
Evan Hailes DT 6-1 305 5 5.8 Chesapeake, VA
Khairi Fortt LB 6-2 220 4.58 6.0 Stamford, CT
Mike Hull LB 6-1 215 - 5.8 Canonsburg, PA

The obvious challenge now isn't getting new verbal commits; it's simply signing the kids who've verball committed... When you have a top 5 class you're going to have all the scumbag coaches [cough Meyer cough] in the country coming for your blue chip recruits.  Here's some scuttlebutt:

The Good:

Paul Jones:  Looks to be enrolling early, as in 1 month from now, after being iffy early in the year is now talking the talk of a great Penn State player.  Says he's built great relationships with other commits and he'll get to play with them during the Army All American game. 

The Bad:

Dominique Easley:  A stellar DE and a serious need for Penn State, committed after a long look at other schools, now recently took an official visit to Oregon "I’m still committed to Penn State, but I’m considering Oregon."  Anyway, he's got an official visit to Penn State coming up which might right the ship.  Doesn't help matters when this kid visited us during the Temple game, and then visited Oregon during the Civil War. 

The Ugly:

Adrian  Coxson -  McQuerry basically told Coxson there's no room for him, doesn't return his calls, and encouraged him to look elsewehere; this AFTER our boy LJ Sr. recruited his face off to get the kid to commit early.  Coxson took a good look at UF, and it looks like he's ready to jump ship on us.  Recently LJ Sr and Big Red made a visit to his house, that's left us with a lot of uncertainty at this point.  You can speculate all you want on this, but honestly I have no idea why a position coach would undermine the recruiting of another position coach.  Big Red lost major points for this debacle, in my book at least.


Kids we're still after:

Lattimore, Floyd, and now Thorton.  Thorton (DT) and Lattimore (RB) both visited for the jaOSU game and showered PSU with praise.  Thorton is a late offer due to the mess with Floyd.  As I'm sure most people have heard, we're basically out of the race for DT Floyd after Urban Meyer gave him all the negative recruiting he could. 


Under Armor All American Game:  (Black Team)

40 Dakota Royer DE 6-3, 220 Manheim Central (Pa.) Penn State

47 Dominique Easley DE 6-3, 260 Curtis (N.Y.) Penn State

54 Miles Dieffenbach C 6-5, 277 Fox Chapel (Pa.) Penn State

75 Evan Hailes DT 6-1, 315 Oscar Frommel Smith (Va.) Penn State

Army All American Game (East Team):

Khairi Fortt No. 2 OLB Penn State

Mike Hull No. 8 OLB Penn State

Paul Jones No. 7 PQB

Penn State 

Silas Redd No. 6 RB

Penn State

Zach Zwinak No. 1 FB Penn State

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