In honor of the concert that I didn't get to go to due to vacation, your country music selections for the week are courtesy of Mr. Luke Bryan. And then, of course, more Macklemore. If you're country music haters (*Cough* Bill *Cough*), I suggest at least giving these songs a chance. I didn't like country until I was forced to listen to it, and now I love it.
We're Going Camping!
Penn State held its first camp of the summer on Saturday, June 1st. The nature of these camps as long as the sanctions loom, are going to be a little different than in the past. Most of the players who are going to be a part of 2014 classes that attend, are going to be guys that the staff sees as
walk-ons run-ons. Of course, there are 2015 players as well, and those are the ones that will probably be receiving the most attention. That being said, one 2014 attendee did seem to make an impression on the staff: LB Jason Cabinda. He was pulled aside by the staff for a little extra work, and very well may end up as a run-on for O'Brien's boys. Brock Boxen (DL) could also potentially receive an offer. The most notable performance at the camp, reportedly, was St. Peter's Prep (NJ) DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. He's expected to be one of the higher regarded 4 star prospects next year, which also means Penn State will have a lot of competition for him. Tuck away his name, however, because we'll probably be mentioning his name a lot on here come next year. Read more about him here. Two other standouts from the camp were 2014 WR Zeccheus Robinson and 2015 TE Kenneth Wright. Robinson showed elite speed that would a true asset to the offense to stretch the field, and Wright showed very reliable hands. 2015 OL Richie Petitbon also picked up an offer this weekend. He's expected to get a ton of offers, so it's going to be on like Donkey Kong very soon. Read more about the camp here on ESPN ($).
**Insert "Beh" pun here**
Some clarity was finally shed on the state of the offensive line portion of this class, with Noah Beh's commitment this past weekend. He has the necessary height to succeed, but is a little lighter than he should be to be a dominant tackle (probably due to his work as a defensive end for Scranton Prep). However, it's become pretty obvious at this point that it doesn't take Craig Fitzgerald very long to mold his players into exactly what O'Brien wants. With Beh's commitment, this class is very likely done with its recruitment of offensive linemen for 2014. Top ranked JuCo OL Jermaine Eluemunor recently named his top 6, and it did not include Penn State. Every indication pointed to PSU being a top option for Jermaine, so we are left to assume that McWhorter and Co. decided to focus on Beh instead. Bookser named a top 8 that put PSU in the middle of the pack, but again, with Beh's commitment, they're probably done here.
O'Brien and O'Connor: A Match Made in Heaven
Michael O'Connor has set his commitment date for June 8th. He has reportedly been holding off a commitment this long in anticipation of possibly picking up a few more offers. His top schools right now are Penn State, Missouri, Mississippi State, Rutgers, South Florida, and Vanderbilt. He has been considered a Penn State lead for quite some time now, and nothing has changed in that regard. The combination of being under the tutelage of O'Brien and Charlie Fisher, and the lack of depth at the QB position in the coming years, are surely working in Penn State's favor at this time. He plans on enrolling in January, wherever that ends up being.
Headlines were hard to come by this week...but now it's Big Board Time!
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Estimated Class Size: Less Than or Equal to 15
Current Commitments: 10
According to Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge, Penn State was Jabrill Peppers' second choice— Chris Ryan (@Ch_Ryan) May 26, 2013
Da'Shawn Hand back from bathroom break.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) June 2, 2013
**One last thing. While I can't remember if he ever actually did it or not, I know Junny talked about doing a Recruiting Mailbag once a month. So I decided I'm going to try to do the same. So if you have any good questions about recruiting, feel free to leave them in the comments, or tweet them at me (Tweeting would be better).**
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