Recruits Take In Blowout Win
Last week, Nick and Bill previewed what was one of Penn State's biggest recruiting weekends of the year. The 28-3 victory over Rutgers, coupled with an electric crowd of over 103,000 made quite the impression on the visitors. Included in that was Cincinnati St. Xavier quarterback Sean Clifford, who despite committing to Penn State over the summer, took in his first ever game in Beaver Stadium. The experience did not disappoint.
Great atmosphere, Great win, and the best fans in the country! Amazing night ⚪️ #WeAre pic.twitter.com/dMGjBtOqgL— Sean Clifford (@seancliff13) September 20, 2015
You might be asking yourself, self, who is that next to Mr. Clifford in the first photo? Well, that would be Sean's teammate, 4-star offensive guard Matt Bockhorst. He joined Clifford in this weekend, and holds a PSU offer. Ryan Snyder over at BlueWhiteIllustrated.com had a chance to speak to Matt, and recap his weekend ($).
One of the biggest names on hand is 2018 tight end Zack Kuntz out of Camp Hill, PA. 247 ranks Kuntz as the top tight end in the 2018 class, the second player overall in Pennsylvania (behind 5* DE Micah Parsons) and the #18 player in the class overall. He now holds an offer from the Nittany Lions as well.
Great time up at Happy Valley this weekend and thankful to walk away with an offer Penn State University! ⚪️ #WeAre pic.twitter.com/MZneTklX2y— Zack Kuntz (@zackkuntz_717) September 20, 2015
Steve Wiltfong at 247Sports has some more details on some of the other visitors on hand ($).
Lavert Hill Update
Lavert Hill was again on campus this weekend to take in the Penn State Nittany Lions football game. He is committed to Penn State. No, really.
Damani Neal Has a Big Weekend
4-star Maryland safety Damani Neal was back on campus this weekend. The 247 Crystal Ball forecast still heavily favors the Nittany Lions, including mine. Before heading up to Happy Valley though, Neal had a monster Friday night, scoring four times on 15 receptions in The Bullis School's 66-65 loss to Woodberry.
My phone autocorrects "Damani Neal" to "the money Neil." He was definitely money on Friday night pic.twitter.com/RaQtGX9QKi— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) September 20, 2015
More Weekend Highlights
Michal Menet did more Michal Menet things.
@Mike_Menet72 showing some quick feet and some power! @PSURecruits pic.twitter.com/lbsHw6QSXy— BAM (@BAMcjs) September 20, 2015
Lions247.com has a complete recap of the entire 2016 class' weekend.
Catching Up With the Class of 2017
Rivals offers up interviews with both two of PSU's big targets at IMG, 4-star linebacker Jordan Anthony, and 5-star defensive end Josh Kaindoh.
Further north, Scout caught up with 5-star running back, and DeMatha Catholic teammate of Shane Simmons, Anthony McFarland.
Better Know a 2017 Prospect: Mark Webb
The Nittany Lions have amassed perhaps as much talent at wide receiver as anyone in the country over the last two recruiting classes. With it appearing that, at most, PSU takes just one receiver in 2016 (should Tre Nixon opts to commit), the 2017 class will take on great importance on the outside. The top early target at the position is Pennsylvania powerhouse, Archbishop Wood's Mark Webb.
Webb is a consensus 4-star player, ranked 6th and 9th (nice) in Pennsylvania by 247 and Rivals respectively. He currently holds offers from North Carolina, Old Dominion, 5b, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. That list figures to grow, as Webb continues his junior season. While he is just entering his junior season of high school football, Webb has the size (6-2, 190), you want in a receiver. No 40 time has been reported just yet, but his sophomore film shows good speed. More importantly, with essentially two full seasons left in high school, he figures to get bigger and stronger.
Penn State would seem to be the early favorite as well, based on the 247 Crystal Ball forecasts. We've yet to make contact with Webb to talk about his recruitment, but it's hard to imagine that former Archbishop Wood stars Ryan Bates and Jake Cooper aren't in his ear about the Nittany Lions.