I covered it a bit in yesterday's TR, but this week brings recruiting fans three chances to watch some of the top talent in the country with the Semper Fi Bowl (last night), the Under Armour All-America Game (Thursday night), and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (Saturday night).
Last night's Semper Fi Bowl had five Penn State commits (Mornhinweg, Williams, James, Gaia, Reeves) along with one legit Penn State prospect (Demetrious Cox). Beth Long of Scout.com caught up with ($) all five Class of '12 members after the game. Mornhinweg and James came out on top in the bowl, but all five seemed to be pretty solid commitments in the interview, and even included some friendly trash talking and at least two "I can't wait until practice up there" statements in reference to Penn State. James is headed to Happy Valley next week as the class' lone early enrollee.
Unfortunately, that's pretty much the end of the Penn State news from the three games. If you're interested, below are some of the top players in each of the remaining games that once were Penn State targets, but have either committed elsewhere or have stopped their interest in the Nittany Lions.
Under Armour All-America Game
NY QB Chad Kelly (Clemson) - nephew of Jim
CO OL Joey O'Connor (uncommitted) - once committed to PSU
NC RB Keith Marshall (Georgia) - No. 1 RB in the country #MarkR4PSU
AZ ATH Davonte' Neal (uncommitted) - top WR target in the southwest
MD RB Wes Brown (uncommitted) - once a top target for PSU, now considering Colorado, Vanderbilt, Miami and Maryland
PA DE Noah (sniff) Spence (Ohio [sniff] State) - you know this story by now
VA DL Korren Kirven - SEC bound
U.S. Army All-American Bowl
FL TE Kent Taylor (Florida) - picked the Gators over PSU
PA OL Chris Muller (Rutgers) - weird recruitment earlier this year that ended for Rutgers
IL DT Tommy Schutt (Ohio State) - once committed to PSU
NY DT Jarron Jones (Notre Dame) - once committed to PSU
MI LB James Ross (Michigan) - early PSU target, headed to Ann Arbor
As you can see, not much in the way of hope for Penn State. Hopefully the New Guy can come in and do some quick work, but it's always frustrating to see talent like this amassed in one place and very little Penn State interest (and ZERO Penn State commitments).
If you can only watch one of these, I would pick the USAAAB, as its collection of talent is the best of the three. And for coverage of all three, Scout.com has put together a really good collection of notes, interviews, and insight. The majority of it is likely premium, but you can get a good gauge on the top recruits this year.