Some new changes to Roundup again. Per a suggestion, I'm going to include an overall Big Board of my personal rankings of the players left being recruited. I'm also going to create a scholarship matrix similar to the one that Eric and Chad use for the basketball team, to help paint the picture of the future of the roster with the 65 man limit flying at us like a runaway train. Also, The Lone Ranger comes out today, and it's going to be awesome. It's being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Gore Verbinski, and stars Johnny Depp (AKA the same team that made Pirates of the Caribbean, my favorite movie). You should all find your way to a movie theater to see it. But enough of that, here's your Office clip, and let's talk 'crootin.
If you're not already aware, there are a few different people of interest participating in Nike's "The Opening 2013" this week in Oregon, for Penn State fans. Current 2014 commits, De'Andre Thompkins and Troy Vincent, Jr. are there representing Penn State. Current PSU targets Thomas Holley, Montae Nicholson, and Minkah Fitzpatrick (2015) are there as well. Vincent and Thompkins each performed well in the Sparq Combine on Monday, finishing at 71st and 72nd, respectively. Vincent performed well in each event, posting solid numbers throughout. Thompkins ran a very impressive 4.46 in his 40 yard dash, which helped propel his climb up the field of 168. Both are competing in the 7-on-7 tournament with team #VaporCarbon. Thomas Holley scored just below Thompkins and Vincent, while Nicholson and Fitzpatrick were able to finish a little higher than the pair. Holley and Nicholson are competing with team #LandSharks, and Fitzpatrick with team #FieldGenerals. Holley was named here ($?) as the top DT on Tuesday (Ahead of 5* UVA commit Andrew Brown). I have a ton of links for you to read all about The Opening, so I'm going to list them off below.
One week ago today, a group of current 2014 Penn State commits, as well a number of uncommitted recruits ($), came together for a nice family style BBQ in State College. Marcus Allen, Mark Allen, Troy Apke, Noah Beh, Michael O'Connor, Chris Godwin, and Troy Reeder all attended as the 2014 commit group, with Troy Vincent Jr. joining that group later on. I was able to speak with Mark Allen and Michael O'Connor about their experiences a little bit. They both told me that it was a very family-style meeting, as they sat around talking, played games, and ate (Allen gave me the inside scoop on the food- burgers, mac 'n cheese, lots of potatoes, and bread, among other things). O'Connor told me that he was able to meet a good number of the commits in the class who he hadn't met yet, and that "...just being on campus again felt awesome." While it was known beforehand that Marcus Allen had been in Vincent's ear about Penn State, Allen told me that he was at it again during the BBQ, and clearly it paid off. He also told me that he personally, spent a lot of time getting to know, and talking to Alex Bookser (2014 OL). Whether it was Mark's smooth recruiting ways, the BBQ, or something else, Penn State has reportedly moved up Bookser's list a bit ($). Along with Bookser, 2015 stud recruits Ricky DeBerry (OLB), Daivon Ellison (CB), and Sterling Jenkins (OL) also were in Happy Valley for the BBQ. I'll write a little more about them later in this article. This looks like it could become a signature event for Penn State recruiting for years to come.
All of that being said, O'Brien and the staff have 2 more spots to fill for this class. So let's see what they have left on the board. And this week, instead of simply saying "Done" when I don't have notes to add for a position, I'm going to put a quote from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Current Commitments: 13
Overall Big Board of 2014 Recruits
This board will be a ranking of the remaining recruits based on my opinion of who the staff desires most. It will not take into account the likelihood of their commitment.
1. Dravon Henry
2. Thomas Holley
3. Montae Nicholson
4. Alex Bookser
5. Derrick Nnadi
6. Ricky Walker
7. Mike Gesicki
8. Malik Hooker
9. Qadree Ollison
Class of 2015 (And Beyond) Updates
Names wil be followed by Year, Position, High School, and Star Rating According to 247Sports.
Austin Clark (2015) (OL) (Rockbridge County (VA)) (4*)- Offered after camp on 6/22- Doesn't have a favorite yet, but really likes Penn State- Planning on visiting for a game or two
Tristen Hoge (2015) (OL) (Highland (ID)) (4*)- Offered after camp on 6/22- Also offered at ND after camp on 6/26- One quote about Penn State: "It is an amazing school with tremendous academics and spectacular athletics"
John Reid (2015) (CB) (St. Joe's Prep (PA)) (4*)- High on Penn State- Holds more than 10 offers- Trying to come back for a visit
Grant Newsome (2015) (OL) (Lawrenceville School (NJ)) (4*)- Picked up offer on 6/21- His father originally committed to Notre Dame, then de-committed, which is awesome
Sterling Jenkins (2015) (OL) (Baldwin (PA)) (4*)- Reportedly had a great time at the Lasch Bash- Wants to visit Michigan and WVU
Other 2015 and beyond recruiting notes can be found here.
Still don't know how I feel about the Recruiting Mailbag. If you want me to keep using it, keep commenting with questions and I'll answer them. If not, then I'll just leave this part out. As for this week's question...
Question for the next edition- With this recruiting class filling up quickly and being able to reasonably predict some of the players leaving next year due to graduation, what do you think the breakdown (by position) of next year's class might be? - Drea1020
In response to this question, I decided that it might be beneficial to create a new scholarship matrix, like the one we use for basketball, as I mentioned in the intro. That's a work in progress (It's hard to make, and I'm still new at this), so once I am able to make it the way I like it, I will post it on the site and continually update it. But for now, I don't really know what next year's class will look like outside of a few things. I know I sure didn't think we would have 3 receivers in this class before it happened. This staff is willing to go outside of the box, so it's tough to predict. That being said, based on who they have been actively recruiting for next year already, and the lack of them in this class, I would assume at least 3 offensive linemen next year. If I had to guess, I would also say at least one LB, and one or two DE's. And that's all I really feel comfortable predicting at this point.
Finally, I leave you with this tweet from good ol' Adam Breneman
Lost to a girl in mini golf... By 8 strokes 😠😠— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) July 3, 2013
Happy Wednesday, and let's hope Adam's a little better at football than mini golf.
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