I have so much to talk about today, that for once I'm not going to use this little intro paragraph to waste time. Seriously. Please use the following video to get a better understanding of O'Brien's recruiting mindset right now; and in this example, yes, Bill O'Brien is Dwight Schrute.
Unless you don't check BSD or Twitter every day (In which case, are you even a real person?), you are aware by now that Penn State has picked up two more commitments for its 2014 class. Those two commits are of course, Mike Gesicki and Johnathan Thomas. You can read about Gesicki's commitment right here, and about Thomas' right here (severe warning before clicking this link- a comment thread of extreme flaming bus proportions follows).
But because I'm so kind, I'll give you a quick summary of each of these fine gentlemen. Mike Gesicki has been one of Penn State's top priorities for a while now, and had them at the top of his list from the second he received an offer. While it sure looked like he was going to end up in Columbus, he visited for the Michigan game anyway. I don't know about you, but I don't know how every uncommitted player there didn't just hand Bill O'Brien their souls on the spot after that one. Johnathan Thomas was about as under-the-radar as they come, in terms of his seemingly out of nowhere commitment. In speaking with Ryan Snyder, Penn State had apparently been picking up it's recruitment of the Massachusetts running back, and was eventually able to flip his commitment from the Terrapins of Maryland to the boys in Blue and White.
How the Current Commits Are Faring
I haven't updated you on how our current commits are doing so far this season, so I'm going to highlight some of the kids you should know about.
DaQuan Worley: The Coatesville, PA product is currently slated to play CB for the Nittany Lions, but based on the way he's running the ball this season there's going to have to be some discussion on that. In 6 games so far this season, Worley has racked up 945 rushing yards on just 98 carries (Good for a 9.64 ypc clip) to go with 11 touchdowns. Yeah.
De'Andre Thompkins: Thompkins has helped lead Swansboro (NC) to a 6-3 record so far this season, while putting up a pretty ridiculous set of numbers of his own. On the season, Thompkins has 58 carries for 619 yards (10.7 per carry), as well as 23 catches for 213 yards. Not to mention his 353 yards from kick and punt returns. On the season, De'Andre also has 11 touchdowns on the season.
Mike Gesicki: The newest Nittany Lion commit is having a solid season of his own for Southern Regional (NJ). So far Mike has 18 catches for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Troy Apke: The Mt. Lebanon (PA) receiver has been getting the ball often this season, and making the most of his opportunities with it. So far, he has 38 catches for 667 yards and 6 touchdowns.
For a list on how the entire class fared in their games this past weekend, visit Lions247 here ($).
Since we last spoke, this happened..
Means PSU could take 23 this class RT @psufootball: Penn State commit De'Andre Thompkins set to enroll in January http://t.co/IxL4lFw0pQ— Victory Bell Rings (@VictoryBellRing) October 19, 2013
As the tweet says, the 2014 Penn State recruiting class can be as large as 23. I don't think we'll fill all of those spots this year, as Bill will again convince a few guys from the 2015 class to enroll early. But still, 23 guys is only 2 off of a full class. Think about the tone of that section of the Roundup a month ago compared to now. Crazy.
For today's quotes, let's go with Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, because I am out of ideas right now.
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Current Commitments: 15
Overall Big Board of 2014 Recruits
This board will be a ranking of the remaining recruits based on my opinion of who the staff desires most. It will not take into account the likelihood of their commitment.
1. Thomas Holley
2. Montae Nicholson
3. Brandon Lee
4. Derrick Nnadi
5. Alex Bookser
6. Jason Cabinda
7. Melvin Keihn
8. Anthony Davis
9. Shawn Boone
10. Dravon Henry (I HAVE A PROBLEM, OKAY?)
Link$ and Other News
- Penn State officially offered 2015 Dual Threat QB Brandon Wimbush from St. Peter's Prep (NJ) this past week. Wimbush is currently a 4 star athlete (90 overall) according to 247.
- Stud 2015 Tight End CJ Conrad spoke with 247 about his visit to Penn State for the Michigan game (Psssst- it went well)
- Ryan Snyder has a TON of recruit reactions from the Michigan game. Absolutely worth the read if you subscribe to BWI.
- The Collegian compiled a ton of tweets from recruits and commits at the game against Michigan. Worth the look.
- John Butler was out visiting one of my personal favorites for the 2015 class, LB Jake Cooper (Archbishop Wood (PA)) this past weekend
- Anthony Midget was in Florida visiting 2015 Tight End Jake Bargas at St. Andrew's School
- Finally, this email was sent to us of Nick Scott's Hudl, so I'm sharing it here with all of you if you want to catch a glimpse of one of our future running backs
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- BSD Mailbag 10.22.13
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