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Committany Nation (9.18.15): Big Visitor Weekend, Miles Sanders Official Visit, Meet Lamont Wade and More!

The first big crootin' weekend is here!

Rutgers Brings the Recruits Out

Saturday's game will be the first big recruiting event of the season for Penn State. It should be a cool environment for the recruits thanks to the night game atmosphere and what will hopefully be a successful stripe out. You can find full lists on which commits are expected to be in State College on Lions247 and Blue White Illustrated. Two of the most highly-touted visitors on hand will be 2017 5* Lamont Wade and 2018 5* DE Michah Parsons, who confirmed to me he would be there via text message.

The other visitor Penn State fans should be focused on this weekend is 2017 4* S Damani Neal (The Bullis School, MD). Neal is considered a very heavy Penn State lean, and could be the next to commit in the 2017 class.

Chauncey Gardner Cancels His Visit

Gardner, the four star Florida CB commit, was originally planning on visiting Penn State on November 21st for the Michigan game, but has since changed his plans.

With the news that Gardner will now be watching Ohio State-Michigan State instead of Penn State-Michigan, it would appear that the extremely slim chances of landing Gardner have no become non-existent.

Very Important Lavert Hill Update

Lavert Hill is still committed to Penn State.

Miles Sanders to Take an Official Visit

We've known for some time now that Miles Sanders has planned on taking at least some of his official visits. We finally know when one of them will take place: Nov. 7 for Pittsburgh's game against Notre Dame. Don't freak out though, Penn State fans. You knew this was coming. It's nothing surprising. Just think happy thoughts.

Better Know a 2017 Prospect: Lamont Wade

At this point, we might as well name this series "Better Know a 2017 Prospect from the Pittsburgh Area." Wade is a four/five-star cornerback from Clairton, PA, and according to Rivals, he is the No. 5 overall player in the class of 2016. Other sites are a little more bearish on the ultra-talented defensive back, as ESPN has him at No. 118 and 247 places him at No. 158. No matter what, all of these recruiting services believe that he is the best defensive back in the state.

All of these honors are deserved, as Wade is a nasty cornerback. He's 5-foot-10, 185 lbs. and runs a 4.43 second 40-yard dash. Along with lining up in the secondary, Wade plays running back and returns kicks/punts for Clairton High School. Still, he's a cornerback all the way, as he's able to crush receivers and running backs just as easily as he's able to lock them down in the passing game. While Penn State has a ton of cornerback talent on the roster because it has been a position of emphasis in recruiting over the last few years, Wade is the type of can't-miss prospect who can make an impact right away.

If James Franklin wants to snag a commitment from Wade, he's going to need to do some work. Wade boasts an impressive offer sheet, with Michigan, Ohio State, 5b and West Virginia firmly in the running with the Nittany Lions. His crystal ball is heavily leaning towards Urban Meyer's squad, as four of the seven predictions think Wade will end up a Buckeye. The remaining three predictions are split between the Penn State, the FBS school located a few miles from Wade's home, and WVU.