Jake Kiley, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Home/HS: New Hampton, NH/The New Hampton School
Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: NR (247Sports, Scout)
Offer sheet: No BCS Programs
Jake Kiley was an extended camp offer, meaning he impressed the staff enough at the Penn State Rising Senior Camp to earn an offer that wasn't extended until this week. Kiley joins Derek Dowrey andas members of the Class of '12 to earn their scholarship offers via summer camp. And like Dowrey and Johnson, Kiley fills a position of dire need for the Penn State team. He projects as a cornerback once in college, even though he also played quarterback for The New Hampton School.
Before getting into his specific talents, Kiley's greatest asset to the Class of 2012 is the fact that he plays in the defensive secondary. Even though the Lions are high on Armani Reeves' and Demetrious Cox's offer lists, their commitments are by no means certain. Thus, any commitment in the secondary is huge for Penn State, which has now taken two defensive backs in the past three (2010-2012) classes.
Kiley is a quick, hard-hitting cornerback who was smart and athletic enough to double as The Hampton School's quarterback. Playing in New Hampshire, his competition is pretty weak, but the film does show some flashes of greatness for the lanky senior-to-be. Putting weight on will be an immediate goal for Kiley, but the raw skills should be there once he gets to Penn State.
Some analysts and commenters have reservations, though. Like Dowrey and Johnson before him, Kiley's was an offer that likely could have waited while the staff scouted other potential defensive backs. The DB targets listed on last week's Friday Recruitin' remain the same, but Kiley's commitment either knocks one off or forces the staff to start looking at a five defensive back class (not necessarily a bad thing). He does not have any other Division 1 offers, though local UNH was recruiting him. UConn, Syracuse, and Boston College have all taken looks at Kiley, but none have extended an offer.
Whether he turns out to be a diamond in the rough remains to be seen; Penn State has been doing well in the northeast, so maybe they saw that certain something they were looking for during camp. He is a coach's son, and as we outlined in the Skyler Mornhinweg commitment, that is a good thing. He is obviously athletic enough to play two-way in high school, including quarterback. And he doesn't seem to be phased about walking onto the much larger stage of Beaver Stadium:
"I really like Penn State. Just the thought of playing in front of that many people, I think that would be great."
So for now, welcome Jake into the mix. Given the depth above him, he'll very likely have a chance to come in and compete right away.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Jake!