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Committany Nation (4.15.16): Fred Hansard and Lamont Wade Highlight Blue/White Visitor List

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It's the mooooost wonderful timeeeeee of the year.

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Weekend visitor list

Blue/White weekend is commonly one of Penn State's most fruitful recruiting weekends of the year, even if it doesn't always generate multiple commitments on the weekend itself. The staff has proven they know how to do a great job with laying the framework with recruits, and many have cited Blue/White weekend as one of the key reasons for committing in the past. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the names who will be making their way to Happy Valley this weekend.

DT Fred Hansard (★★★★)

This is a big one for Penn State. Hansard hasn't been back on campus in some time, and is likely still one of the very top players on the Nittany Lions' board right now. He currently has a top-seven of Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Tennessee.

WR Evidence Njoku (★★★)
ILB Avery Roberts (★★★)

With Roberts' college decision looming (April 21), this is great timing for the Nittany Lions. Not to mention that all of the current committed recruits in the 2017 class have clearly narrowed their sights on him for the time being, as all have changed their names on twitter to #AveryToPSU.

OG C.J. Thorpe (★★★)

Thorpe has long seemed like someone whose commitment was inevitable. Let's see if the Penn State coaching staff can use this weekend to further his interest in Happy Valley even more.

WR Mark Webb (★★★)

Former teammate of current Penn State Nittany Lions, Jake Cooper and Ryan Bates, Webb is another one who has seemed like a lock to join them in Happy Valley from very early on. There's likely still some time to go in his recruitment, but Webb is looking like he's set up to join the 2017 class whenever he's ready to do so.

S Derek Pitts (★)
OT Robert Martin (★)
OT Michal Miranda (★)

Miranda has been a hot name in Penn State recruiting, and midwest recruiting in general lately. He picked up the OL MVP award at the Rivals camp in Columbus in early April, and is now returning to Penn State after previously visiting in March.

OT Andrew Stueber (★)
DB Lamont Wade (★)

One of the biggest names that will be in attendance was a late addition to the list, but big-time Pittsburgh-area defensive back, Lamont Wade, will indeed be at the game. Penn State has to love this. Ohio State is perceived to be the leader right now, but Wade has had a lot of positive activity with the Nittany Lions lately.

For an even more extensive list of prospects who will be attending the game, check out what Sean Fitz has compiled over on Lions247.

Adam Friedman of Rivals seems to feel pretty good about Penn State may be able to pull off this weekend.

Sean Clifford is an MVP

Clifford continues what has already been an impressive offseason by picking up the QB MVP award at the Rivals camp in Columbus earlier in April. This award, in addition to being named to the Under Armour All-America game, have helped make Clifford's 2016 quite an exciting one already.

Deon Jones enjoys his visit

Penn State hosted one of the country's best cornerbacks in the 2017 class over the weekend of April 8th, and apparently did a great job. Deon Jones (Washington, Dc.) who is currently rated as a four-star player, the ninth-rated cornerback in the country and the top-rated player in DC.

His Crystal Ball on 247Sports is clearly leaning towards Clemson and Maryland right now, but Penn State sounds like it did a great job to get themselves into the running for his services.