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Recruiting Roundup (8.28.13)

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I guess I do have another Roundup before the season starts.

Well I guess I was wrong. I didn't think I had any more roundups for a while after that last one, but apparently I either can't read, or Jared and Cari, Jari, Mom and Dad changed the schedule on me. It's probably the former. Isn't it great that I could potentially be teaching your 3rd grade child?

Anyways. Verrrrryyyyy few things have changed since I last spoke with you, so I'll apologize for that right off the bat. But while this post may leave a few of you wanting more in terms of crootin' substance, it definitely will satisfy your Office hunger.

Montae Nicholson and Dravon Henry: The Now Possible Dream?

If you've been reading my Roundups since I joined on with BSD, you probably know that I have a pretty substantial man crush on the idea of Dravon Henry coming to Penn State. Not only would it give us (arguably) the best player in Pennsylvania, but we would also be stealing an Alquippa boy from Pitt. Win win. The staff has been pushing for Henry, and seems to be in a good spot to poach him (Main competition being WVU and Pitt, obviously). However, they have also been keeping tabs on another 4 star DB, and that is Montae Nicholson. It didn't look like Penn State had much of a shot at Nicholson, at first. But then he named them in his top group. Then he visited Happy Valley with the family (Eye witness account right hurr). And then this happened.

Before anyone freaks out and says things like "There must be something wrong with him", cool your jets. Michigan's dropping off him from their board is most likely due to their now limited number of spaces, and they are choosing to focus on other positions. However, regardless of their reasoning, this is phenomenal news for Penn State. Nicholson had continually named Penn State as one of his favorites, and Michigan had long been the main competition. With them out of the picture, the Nittany Lions may very well be picking up two potentially, elite safeties in this class.

De'Andre Thompkins is Kind of Insane

If you follow me on twitter, you've noticed that I try to retweet any high school stats of our current commits. Well that's been particularly easy to do for Thompkins, because he keeps doing things like this (Scroll to Thompkins paragraph). It's looking more and more like Thompkins will be the jewel of this class, and may be giving O'Brien a Percy Harvin-lite kind of player to work with. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

On to the Large Board. Quotes this week brought to you by Harry Potter, because why not.

Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board

Estimated Class Size: 17 (Maybe)

Current Commitments: 12

1. Michael O'Connor (IMG Academy (FL)) (Committed 6/8/13, Recruited by Charlie Fisher)

Notes: "I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."

Running Back
1. Nick Scott (Fairfax (VA)) (Committed 2/23/13, Recruited by Larry Johnson)
2. Mark Allen (DeMatha Catholic (MD)) (Committed 10/16/12, Recruited by Larry Johnson)
3. Qadree Ollison (Canisius (NY)) (Lead Recruiter: Stan Hixon)

Notes: Ollison is seemingly off Rutgers's's's's radar, after they picked up a commitment from Jonathan Hillman. The main competition continues to be the Badgers in Madison, but Penn State is still very much in the race. Ollison hails from the same high school as John Urschel, who has surely been in his ear the whole time. I think John Urschel could probably talk me into doing anything with his big fancy words, so maybe the same will work on Ollison.

Wide Receiver
1. De'Andre Thompkins (Swansboro (NC)) (Committed 4/20/13, Recruited by Stan Hixon)
2. Chris Godwin (Middletown (DE)) (Committed 4/23/13, Recruited by Ron Vanderlinden)
3. Troy Apke (Mt. Lebanon (PA)) (Committed 4/13/13, Recruited by Charles London)

Notes: "You're a wizard, Harry."

Tight End
1. Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin (NJ)) (Lead Recruiter: Ron Vanderlinden)

Notes: Nothing new here. I posted some info about Gesicki and his OSU recruitment here. Notice how he said "haha" in that tweet about the puzzle piece? I bet that means that he think Urban Meyer is lame, and now he doesn't want to play for him anymore. I'm tired.

Offensive Line
1. Noah Beh (Scranton Prep (PA)) (Committed 6/1/13, Recruited by Mac McWhorter)
2. Alex Bookser (Mt. Lebanon (PA)) (Lead Recruiter: Charles London)

Notes: Bookser doesn't talk much. Which I admire. He continues to play his recruiting close to the chest. He continues to play his recruiting close to the chest. He continues to keep his recruiting close to the chest. Oh sorry, that was me as a broken record player. He might come up and visit for the Michigan (Hopefully with his high school teammate and Penn State commit, Troy Apke). Maybe then I'll finally have an update of substance on him.

Defensive Tackle
1. Antoine White (Millville Senior (NJ)) (Committed 7/1/13, Recruited by Ron Vanderlinden)
2. Thomas Holley (Abraham Lincoln (NY)) (Lead Recruiter: John Strollo)
3. Ricky Walker (Bethel (VA)) (Lead Recruiter: Charles London)
4. Joe Keels (Highland Community College (KA)) (Lead Recruiter: Stan Hixon)
5. Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach (VA)) (Lead Recruiter: Larry Johnson)

Notes: Holley has delayed his decision, and will now be making it sometime after he takes his official visits. And unfortunately for us, it looks like Penn State might not be one of those. While this could be due to his familiarity with the school already, and his relatively short commute to get here, it's still not a good sign. And it makes me sad. Walker's still thinking. Keels is a story in progress. Nnadi's pretty much looking like VT or OSU at this point. So let's have some Happy Holleydays, Bill.

1. Troy Reeder (OLB) (Salesianum (DE)) (Committed 2/26/13, Recruited by Ron Vanderlinden)
2. Brandon Lee (OLB) (Lawrence Central (IN)) (Lead Recruiter: Ron Vanderlinden)
3. Jason Cabinda (OLB) (Hunterdon Central (NJ)) (Currently committed to Syracuse)

Notes: For a more comprehensive description of Brandon Lee, go here. Basically, he named a top 5, then we offered. He's intrigued. He might take a visit here, but he's not entirely sure yet. He has said, though, that he will give Penn State the same opportunity to recruit him as everyone else did. He seems to be a very mature young man, and he would certainly be an asset to this class. Cabinda, meanwhile, basically said that he would certainly pay attention if Penn State offers, but it would take a lot of get him to leave behind his commitment to the Orange at this point.

Defensive Backs
1. Daquan Worley (CB) (Coatesville Area Shs (PA)) (Committed 5/3/13, Recruited by Ron Vanderlinden)
2. Marcus Allen (S) (Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. (MD)) (Committed 5/10/13, Recruited by Larry Johnson)
3. Troy Vincent Jr. (CB) (Gilman (MD)) (Committed 6/26/13, Recruited by Larry Johnson)
4. Dravon Henry (CB/S) (Alquippa (PA)) (Lead Recruiter: Charlie Fisher)
5. Montae Nicholson (CB) (Gateway (PA)) (Lead Recruiter: Charles London)

Notes: See Above. Henry. Nicholson. Want. Both. Plz.

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. Ricky Walker

5. Brandon Lee

6. Mike Gesicki

7. Alex Bookser

8. Derrick Nnadi

9. Joe Keels

9. Qadree Ollison

10. Jason Cabinda

I don't have any updates on the 2015 class, as they've all started up their seasons, I didn't want to disturb any of them. It's still very early in the process for them, and the main notes I'll have on them are about what games they attend. And I'll try to update you on those games when they happen.

And now that I officially won't be having a Roundup for a while, I'd like to take a second to thank all of you for reading along all summer. I'm having the time of my life writing for BSD, and I really enjoy being able to provide you all with this information every couple of weeks. I truly appreciate all the feedback you've given me, both kind and hostile. I definitely feel I am miles ahead of where I was when I started writing. Aside from that, I'll be reappearing each week in the B1G weekend recap (And a few other various places). So I hope you keep reading along! Go State.

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