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Committany Nation (10.16.15): Ohio State Visitors, Pittsburgh Recruits, Myles Hartsfield, and More!

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Let's talk about some 'croots.

Former Penn State commit, Myles Hartsfield
Former Penn State commit, Myles Hartsfield

Heading to Columbus

Normally we wouldn't care about the list of recruits who head to an Ohio State game, even if it there are some recruits who are considered Penn State targets. However, Penn State is heading to Columbus this week, and there's a list of guys who are looking at both schools, based on the list of visitors compiled by our friends at Land-Grant Holy Land.

The most pressing recruit would likely be 2016 safety/athlete Khaleke Hudson. He is the No. 593 player in this class and the 14th-best player in Pennsylvania based on his 247 Composite ranking, and it's assumed that his top-4 consists of Penn State, 5b, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, with the Nittany Lions and the Mountaineers leading the way. He doesn't necessarily play a position of need, but Hudson's versatility could make him a good addition to the Nittany Lions if he decides to commit somewhere down the road.

Outside of him, there are two more high-profile Pittsburgh-based recruits making the trip in 2017 cornerback Lamont Wade and defensive tackle Donovan Jeter. Per 247, Wade is the No. 2 player in PA (and, if you trust Rivals, the fifth-best player in America), while Jeter is the state's 10th-best prospect. Penn State is right in the running for both guys, although Wade is considered an OSU lean while Jeter sent out a cryptic tweet last night about Pitt – but we'll get to that in a second.

Other notables on the list are a pair of running backs in 2016's Kareem Walker and 2018's Ricky Slade. Walker is committed to the Buckeyes but is considered a strong flip candidate. The Nittany Lions have extended an offer, but considering he would likely flip due to the running backs in the Buckeyes' class and PSU has Miles Sanders, he seems like he's off the table. Slade holds a Penn State offer, but if he comes here, Nick will eat a ghost pepper.

Myles Hartsfield, Part II?

You may remember Myles Hartsfield, a former Penn State commit who had his offer rescinded after a hazing scandal at his high school. Hartsfield wasn't the highest-rated recruit by any stretch of the imagination, as he was a three-star guy and the No. 805 player in his class, but he oozed potential and was a tremendous athlete.

Currently, he is in prep school, and Scout caught up with him to discuss life after the hazing scandal. He has apparently grown up a ton since enrolling, and is doing an amazing job at East Coast Prep in Massachusetts. Hartsfield currently holds offers from UCLA, Boston College, and Temple, while he talks with Penn State and Rutgers and has a relationship with the coaches at Alabama.

A Pittsburgh-Area Update

First, the weird: four-star safety Paris Ford announced on Twitter that he will commit later today.

This announcement caught a lot of people off guard, and while he's committing today, there's no way in hell that whichever school doesn't get him backs off. We'll keep you updated on this one.

Also a little unexpected, and cryptic, is the aforementioned tweet from Jeter.

If you're trying to read too far into this, you'd assume that he's going to commit to Pitt. Again, this came from way out in left field, and there's still a long way to go in his recruitment, especially considering he's going to Columbus this weekend. Maybe he's just taking a visit? I don't know. (Ed note- All of the Pittsburgh-area recruits over the last few seasons have also been MASTER trolls. -NP)

*UPDATE*- Paris Ford has committed to Pitt

In much happier news, 2018 QB and Penn State target Phil Jurkovec made his debut on 247's board this week, as he earned a four-star ranking and is considered the No. 27 player in America. He's also the nation's third-best pro style QB and the third-best player in Pennsylvania. There a really, really long way to go in his recruitment, but if he keeps developing the way that he's projected to, it's not crazy to think that he will fly up the recruiting boards eventually, because oh my god he's good.