As we patiently await the weekend of all weekends, which includes the drink off of all drink offs (I'm underrated, but check the ranking anyway) I sense that you're all craving some 'crootin news. So 'crootin news I shall deliver to you.
Scholarship Reduction Advantages
Since the scholarship sanction reductions, the staff has been busy. Two new offers/interests could end up having a big impact on this 2014 class.
- Jason Cabinda has finally earned his Penn State offer, and boy does he sound interested. He is still firmly committed to Syracuse at the moment, but is also visiting this weekend. Cabinda is absolutely a candidate to flip his commitment, and I will work to keep you updated on his status as well as I can.
- Jamil Kamara, a Wide Receiver out of Virginia Beach, is now considering taking an official visit to Penn State. Kamara has been told by the staff that with the expanded class size, they are interested in having him join De'Andre Thompkins, Chris Godwin, and Troy Apke in the 2014 receiver stable. Karama is ranked as a 4* (95 overall) on 247, with a top group of Pitt, UVA, Wisconsin, and Miami. I'll keep you updated if he does choose to make an official visit to Happy Valley.
Updates on Old Friends
- Mike Gesicki will indeed be in attendance this weekend (If you scroll down, there's a list of people you should care about who will be here this weekend) for the Whiteout game. He just visited Ohio State for their win over Wisconsin, and is now giving the Nittany Lions their last shot to make an impression. Mike is planning on making his decision shortly after this weekend, so make sure the stadium is rocking this weekend, so we can leave an impression on him.
- I've reported a lot of things about Thomas Holley recently. From being bffs with Larry Johnson, to definitely taking an official visit to Penn State, to not taking an official visit to Penn State, I've pretty much typed it all. That being said, it seems as if he is once again on the "Official Visit to Penn State" train. I don't know guys. I'll keep you updated, which means I'll probably be telling you he's not interested again in a week.
For those with subscriptions, check out these articles from 247 and BWI...
- Justin Hilliard is pretty excited to see what Penn State has to offer this weekend.
- 2015, 4* Ohio Tight End CJ Conrad is hoping to earn an offer from Penn State.
- 2015 LB Chris Green is also excited to visit Penn State this weekend.
- And finally, for those who are fretting about our linebackers, their current state, and their future (Read: Most people), here's an article outlining what we're looking at for our current linebacker situation.
So Who's Visiting This Weekend?
I know this is why most of you are here, so I might as well not delay any further. For the full list, visit The Lion's Den over at Lions247, right here. Here's who the average fan, and those who read my roundups, needs to be worried about for this weekend...
- Antoine White (DT) (Millville (NJ)) (Committed)
- De'Andre Thompkins (WR) (Swansboro (NC)) (Committed)
- Marcus Allen (S) (Upper Marlboro (MD)) (Committed)
- Nick Scott (RB) (Fairfax (VA)) (Committed)
- Troy Apke (WR) (Mount Lebanon (PA)) (Committed)
- Troy Reeder (LB) (Wilmington (DE)) (Committed)
- Troy Stivason (K) (Athens (PA)) (Committed)
- Jason Cabinda (LB) (Hunterdon Central (NJ))
- Mike Gesicki (TE) (Manahawkin (NJ))
- Montae Nicholson (S) (Gateway (PA))
- Thomas Holley (DT) (Abraham Lincoln (NY))
- Maybe Brandon Lee (LB) (Lawrence Central (IN))
- Andre Robinson (RB) (Bishop McDevitt (PA))
- Andrew & David Dowell (RB & ATH) (St. Edward (OH))
- Austin Clark (OT) (Rockbridge County (VA))
- Brett Brumbaugh (QB) (South Fayette (PA))
- CJ Conrad (TE) (Keystone (OH))
- Chris Green (LB) (Central Catholic (OH))
- Darius Fullwood (DE) (Good Counsel (MD))
- Irvin Charles (WR) (Haddonfield (NJ))
- Jarret Guarantano (QB) (Bergen Catholic (NJ))
- John Reid (CB) (St. Joseph's Prep (NJ))
- Justin Hilliard (LB) (St. Xavier (OH))
- Minkah Fitzpatrick (CB) (St. Peter's Prep (NJ))
- Sterling Jenkins (OT) (Baldwin (PA))
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