By Bill Kurelic, NN Recruiting Analyst
April 22, 2009
The Blue-White Spring Game is on Saturday and a talented group of prospects are set to visit Penn State. Joe Paterno will welcome some of Pennsylvania’s top prospects as well as many from out of state.
Both of the Nittany Lions’ verbal commitments, linebacker Mike Hull from Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan and quarterback P.J. Jones from McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox, will attend the game. Paterno is going to make every effort to hang on to Jones. Jones has not de-committed, but is looking at other schools again and attended Pitt’s Spring Game last weekend.
Defensive end/linebacker Dakota Royer from Manheim (Pa.) Central will head to Penn State on Saturday with a host of scholarship offers in his back pocket including Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Virginia, Illinois, Pitt, Maryland, Syracuse and UCLA.
Offensive lineman Luke Graham from Harrison City (Pa.) Penn-Trafford says he is not close to selecting a college, though the Penn State staff would like to convince him otherwise when he is in State College this weekend. In addition to Penn State, Graham’s offer list includes Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Pitt, Stanford and Syracuse.
Quarterback Anthony Gonzalez from Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty, who has close to a dozen scholarship offers including Penn State and Pitt, will be in State College this weekend. The Nittany Lions want to sign two quarterbacks this recruiting season and would love to keep Gonzalez in-state.
They also would love to keep Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd in-state. Floyd is one of the premier defensive linemen in Big Ten country and is expected to attend on Saturday.
Running back Braylon Heard and his teammate at Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney, safety Ray Vinopal, are planning to attend. Heard has over a dozen scholarship offers including Penn State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State and Nebraska. Vinopal would love to land an offer from Penn State.
Three of the biggest names attending Penn State’s spring game this weekend are from out of state.
Wide receiver Adrian Coxson from Baltimore (Md.) City College has offers from Penn State, Pitt, Florida, West Virginia, Boston College and others. The Nittany Lions have as good a shot as anyone at landing Coxson, and could arguably be called the front runner for his services.
Running back Silas Redd from Stamford (Conn.) King has Penn State at the top of his list, though he is also considering scholarship offers from Boston College, Virginia, Stanford, Rutgers, Connecticut and a few others. Redd has not ruled out the possibility of committing to Penn State this weekend.
Linebacker Khairi Fortt from Stamford (Conn.) Stamford attended Notre Dame’s Spring Game last weekend and is expected to attend the Blue-White Game this weekend. Fortt has scholarship offers from both as well as many others including Ohio State, North Carolina and Boston College.
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