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):
|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:
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.
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.
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||
|Silas Redd||No. 6 RB||
|Zach Zwinak||No. 1 FB||Penn State|
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