Welcome back to this week’s edition of Committany Nation — let’s get to it!
Recapping The Official Visitors For Iowa
- Lamont Wade: Penn State rolled out the red carpet for the Pennsylvania four-star, and you really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend from a weather, atmosphere, or game perspective. As has been the case for most of his recruitment, this will almost certainly come down to Penn State or Pitt. And with how each program is trending, the Nittany Lions have to like their chances.
- Elijah Conliffe: The talented Virginia defensive tackle was back in Happy Valley for the first time since last February, and while it looks like Penn State made up ground, Alabama still appears to be the leader for Conliffe. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound DT plans to take four more official visits so this one could go to National Signing Day, which — and this is purely speculation — could help Penn State’s chances if Conliffe were to lose his spot with Alabama.
- Corey Bolds: Bolds was originally suppose to visit for the Ohio State game but had to reschedule. He’s a talented kid, but a number of programs have backed off because he’s a questionable academic-qualifier at this point. If Penn State is hosting him for an official visit, obviously that means that there’s still a chance he’ll be good to go, but it’s likely going to come down to the wire for him.
Should be noted that Penn State also hosted current Florida commit DT Fred Hansard for an unofficial visit. Like Bolds, his academics are shaky so it’s a wait-and-see process.
2018 Quarterback Back On Campus
Penn State continues to make good progress on its 2018 class as it hosted its top-rated quarterback prospect Justin Fields. This was the Georgia quarterback’s second visit for a game this season, so paying his own way to Happy Valley for two games certainly shows just how interested Fields is in Penn State.
Tennessee looked to have the edge, but with the turmoil that program is going through and combined with Penn State’s turnaround, it appears that the Nittany Lions may have taken the lead. Sean Fitz of Lions247 put in his crystal ball prediction for Penn State, usually a pretty good indicator of the way things are leaning.
The Nittany Lions lost out on Pennsylvania QB product Phil Jurkovec, but as you can see for yourself in the highlights above, Fields is anything but a consolation prize. He has the size at 6-foot-3, a very strong arm, and is a great athlete, making him quite the fit for Joe Moorhead’s offense.
Penn State Leads For 2018 Cornerback
It’s a premium article, but Penn State apparently leads for CB Marquis Williams, something that is always good news. The 5-foot-9 Florida cornerback has other offers from Clemson, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, among others.