Don't Tweet At Recruits
For some reason, some people still don't understand this. Don't tweet at recruits, you jerk. Yes, I'm talking specifically to you. Stop.
Hudson Season Approachin'
Penn State has been in a weird back-and-forth with three/four-star PA athlete Khaleke Hudson. Every time he wants to commit, it seems like Penn State doesn't have an open spot that he can take. Conversely, every time James Franklin is ready to bring Hudson on board, he isn't ready to announce.
But on Wednesday, we'll finally see if all of the work Franklin and co. have put into courting the McKeesport native was worth it. Hudson announced on his Twitter that he will commit to Penn State, Michigan, UCLA, or Pitt on Wednesday. The time is still up in the air, but he did add a nice little poll so you can vote on where he should go (NOTE: there is a 0 percent chance this influences his decision to go anywhere).
I will be making my decision Wednesday Jan 27th on here. I don't have a set time I'll make the decision. #StayTuned— Khaleke Hudson2⃣1⃣ (@NeverDone_21) January 25, 2016
Currently, Michigan is trending for Hudson. Ideally that ends up being a smoke screen and he ends up coming to Happy Valley, because while there are some questions about his size, there are no doubts that Hudson is going to make an impact wherever he goes because he's, like, really good at football.
Also on commit watch: four-star Florida wide receiver Dredrick Snelson. The longtime Minnesota commit seems like he's going elsewhere, and Penn State has put itself in a position to land him late, thanks to the addition of Matt Limegrover to the offensive staff. Limegrover, of course, used to be at Minnesota and helped get a commitment from Snelson (per Snelson, Limegrover once said "he's going to use me in various ways because he feels I'm a different breed and that I'm a monster with the ball in my hands," which seems like a nice endorsement).
There's no word on what time Snelson will announce, but he's taking this one all the way to National Signing Day, as he plans on announcing on Feb. 3. Here's the list of schools vying for his services:
Minnesota.....Maryland.....Penn State....Miami.....UCF....February 3rd— Dredrick Snelson Jr. (@D_Snelson2) January 25, 2016
The best news for Penn State? Snelson's decision is coming on the heels of his official visit to Happy Valley, as he's in town this weekend. Do work, James and Matt and Joe and everyone else.
Offer? But I Just Met...Them
Franklin has extended offers to a pair of new guys. The first is 2016 recruit Maurice Ffrench, a Pitt commit who is based out of New Jersey. The three-star athlete is the No. 1,023 player in the class, according to 247's Composite rankings, and put up some really good numbers as a senior: 99 carries, 1,200 yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns on the ground, 16 receptions, 424 yards, and five receiving touchdowns through the air. He also housed a pair of punts.
Also receiving an offer is three-star 2017 tight end Trey Pugh. He's a native of Plain City, Ohio, and even though Ohio State has not offered, there does seem to be some interest via Urbz. Still, Pugh is a three-star prospect, the No. 605 recruit in America, and the nation's No. 25 tight end, per 247.
After Michael Dwumfour decided to de-commit from Penn State and commit to Khaki God, the Nittany Lions' need for a defensive tackle became dire. Enter Antonio Shelton. The three-star defensive tackle out of Ohio committed to Illinois over the summer, and to his credit, he stayed committed even though that program went through a ton this year.
But on Monday night, Shelton decided to back out of his commitment via a note on his Twitter account.
I have decided to decomitt from the University of Illinois pic.twitter.com/rwrPx7439n— Antonio Shelton (@KiiidShelton) January 26, 2016
This came two days after Penn State officially offered the nation's No. 1,410 prospect, the same day that James Franklin and Sean Spencer took a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings with him, and four days before Shelton takes an official visit to Happy Valley. There are a few other schools vying for Shelton's services – Illinois is still lurking and he took an official visit to Rutgers this past weekend – but things look pretty good for the Nittany Lions.