We're in the post-B&W hangover period, and there's some serious moving and shaking going on with Penn State recruiting. The weather is getting nicer, but we all really just want it to be a 45-degree October Saturday afternoon. Now, let's talk 'croots! First, the most surprising news of the week...
Joshua Kaindoh Puts Penn State in His Top-Four
In what was pretty shocking news on Wednesday night (just listen to the podcast and you'll understand how truly shocking it was based on Nick and Bill's reactions), Joshua Kaindoh released a top-four that did not include the Maryland Terrapins. Previous to the announcement, the Terps were the overwhelming favorites according to those in the know, and everyone (read: everyone) seemed surprised by their absence in his top group.
Thank you to every school that has offered me with an opportunity to attend their University, but here is my Top 4. pic.twitter.com/uWdsj7CsYH— Joshua Kaindoh (@_jkaindoh) April 21, 2016
Kaindoh is coming off of a recent one-day visit to Penn State and a weekend-long visit to Notre Dame for their spring game, so one would assume that the Irish probably have the lead at the moment. Many 247Sports analysts still seem to think he's going to end up with D.J. Durkin and Maryland, but it seems there are some differences that need to be settled between those two sides at the moment.
Penn State is still very much alive in this recruiting battle, but it will take another very successful visit or two to Happy Valley to pull it off (not to mention, a strong season on the field). There's no doubt this staff and team are capable of that, so we'll see what happens.
Cameron Sullivan-Brown's Top-Ten: Coming Soon
Three-star 2017 Maryland wide receiver/cornerback Cameron Sullivan-Brown is working on his top-ten. However, he knows three things for certain: Maryland, Penn State, and Duke are all going to make the cut. His crystal ball has just two predictions on it, both to Maryland, but it'd be awesome if Penn State could steal a recruit from the Terps. 247's Sean Fitz says Penn State is high on Sullivan-Brown's list.
The Top QB Recruit in America Wants a PSU Offer. No, Really.
Tate Martell is the #1 dual-threat QB recruit in the class of 2017, a five-star player, and #30 recruit overall. Martell, out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, is currently committed to Texas A&M, but has announced that he's going to be taking all of his visits. He included Penn State in a list of schools he would like to visit/receive an offer from. While there is still little indication Martell goes anywhere other than Aggieland, it's nice to think about. Penn State already has a highly-touted QB of its own in the class in Ohio's Sean Clifford. If James Franklin and Joe Moorhead could somehow flip Martell, though, it would be one of the biggest recruiting steals in program history. Best to temper expectations and just think about how nice it is that top recruits want to see Happy Valley.
The Evaluation Period is upon us!
The evaluation period is a month-and-a-half-long recruiting extravaganza. From last Friday until May 30th, up to seven coaches from each program can hit the road, attempting to visit as many recruits as possible. Each recruit can receive up to two visits, one interview and academia-based and one a workout. Penn State's coaches are on the move today looking to sure up the class.
Rolling with @CoachTerryPSU today.— Sean Spencer (@SpenceChaos) April 20, 2016
- 4-star 2017 New Jersey OT Micah Clark is going to Rutgers. Penn State was the favorite for a while but had seemingly backed off his recruitment heavily in recent times.
- 2018 Ohio OT Jackson Carman got an offer. Ohio State, is, naturally, the favorite to land him early on.
- 3-star 2017 New Jersey CB and Penn State target Tariq Castro-Fields spoke to Sean Fitz about his future plans ($$$)