D.J. Brown makes the call
If you haven't heard yet, Georgia cornerback D.J. Brown verbally committed to the Nittany Lions on Monday evening. He's the first player in the 2017 class in the secondary. Brown may not look like the most exciting prospect on the surface, but he's also one of the four players Penn State offered outside the top-25 at the cornerback position, so clearly the staff sees something they like in his game.
As far as other cornerbacks, the Nittany Lions are still in on some other big time targets, such as Ambry Thomas, Deon Jones (who recently visited) and Pittsburgh-area native Lamont Wade.
Speaking of Wade...
Lamont Wade made yet another visit to Happy Valley this past weekend, marking the third time he's visited the Penn State campus since the end of March. Penn State seems to be gaining some major momentum with the high-four star cornerback, who would easily be the highest-ranked player in the 2017 class. However, Wade hasn't said anything to back off of his feelings from a while back that Ohio State is his top school. He's set to visit the Buckeyes over the weekend of May 6th (he was also in Columbus on April 9th).
Wade also picked up a new offer on Monday, as he had a scholarship opportunity extended to him by the University of Alabama. Obviously an Alabama offer is usually a big deal for any prospect, but with their recent success with churning out NFL-caliber defensive backs, Wade has to be at least a little interested in the Tide. However, the youth currently in the Tide's secondary could keep his focus on Ohio State and Penn State.
Matos gets a coveted Alabama offer
Also receiving a shiny, new Alabama offer was Penn State DE verbal commitment, Yetur Matos. It sounds as if Matos is firm in his Nittany Lion pledge, but it's great to see that big-time programs still want him nonetheless. Matos' reputation has been growing like wildfire lately, after an extremely impressive performance at one of The Opening regional camps.
Matos is a good one, Penn State fans. His name is going to be very commonly heard over the Beaver Stadium PA system.
Kaindoh set to commit?
According to Adam Friedman of Rivals, Joshua Kaindoh "will likely commit on May 3rd". Kaindoh already administered one massive shock to the recruiting world, when he named a top-four that did not include the school that basically everyone thought was his leader- Maryland. Now, it sounds as if he's ready to make a "final" decision between Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan. However, Friedman and most other analysts are still not counting out Maryland in this battle.
As far as Penn State's chances, they are dramatically increased if Maryland truly is off the table. However, Notre Dame will be tough to beat here, as he apparently had a great visit to South Bend for their spring game. Of course, he also made the effort to make a Penn State trip just a few weeks before that, which also sounds like it went well. At this point, with all of the collective brains over at Rivals and 247Sports seemingly still favoring Maryland, I'll keep my eggs in that basket. Suffice to say, though, that this very quickly turned into one of the most fascinating recruitments in the 2017 class.
Coaches heading to see Hansard
Getting Fred Hansard back on campus for the Blue-White game was a huge victory for the Penn State Nittany Lions in and of itself, but the staff isn't going to rest on their laurels. There is still a huge program need for defensive tackles, and an elite one, such as Hansard, has as easy a path to playing time at Penn State than probably any other major Division I university. Knowing this, it sounds like some members of the staff will be checking in with Hansard again very soon.
Penn State coming through tomorrow , and Notre Dame on Wed ☘— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard56) April 26, 2016
This tweet was sent out on Monday, so presumably, Penn State will be in to visit the 6'3, 305 pound New Jersey product on Tuesday.