Penn State Offers Legacy Linebacker
The Nittany Lions already have two linebackers — Jesse Luketa and Charlie Katshir — committed in the 2018 class, and they may very well have found their third as they offered California’s Jack Lamb.
Lamb is a Penn State legacy, with both of his parents being graduates of Dear Old State. In fact, Jack is named after Nittany Lion and Pittsburgh Steelers great Jack Ham, so it’s evident that Lamb comes from a rather big Penn State Football family.
While it remains to be seen if Lamb will ultimately pull the trigger for the Nittany Lions, it’s looking like Penn State does lead for his services. Sean Fitz and Steve Wiltfong both put in their Crystal Ball predictions for the Lions, which is usually a good sign of things to come. Keep an eye on Washington and UCLA, who look to be the two other top contenders.
If Lamb were to jump onboard the 2018 class, the four-star prospect would join Luketa and Katshir in giving Penn State one of the top linebacker classes it’s had in recent memory.
Top100 Defensive Tackle Takes In Happy Valley
P.J. Mustipher was also in town this weekend, visiting Penn State for the first time since taking in the Temple game back in September.
Mustipher is one of the most sought after defensive tackles in the nation, with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Maryland rounding out the rest of his top six. His brother, Sam, plays for the Fighting Irish so Brian Kelly and company might be tough to beat here. But after Notre Dame’s struggles in 2016 (reminder: 4-8 record), there’s some hope that Kelly’s hot seat will keep the youngest Mustipher out of South Bend. If that turns out to be the case, I think Ohio State and Penn State would be the teams to watch.
In addition to Mustipher, the Nittany Lions are in an interesting spot with a number of defensive tackles/big defensive ends: Aeneas Hawkins (top three), Tyreke Smith (probably top two), Tyler Friday (top three), Dorian Hardy (probably top two or three), Marcellus Earlington (probably lead), and Austin Fontaine (top three). Now it’ll be about closing on a couple of these guys, something Penn State has struggled with in the past — Christian Wilkins, Karamo Dioubate, and Elijah Conliffe come to mind in the last couple classes.
Judge Culpepper Visits Penn State
Sticking with the defensive tackles, the Nittany Lions also hosted Florida’s Judge Culpepper this weekend.
Culpepper currently has a top four of Florida, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Tennessee, but the Nittany Lions certainly have a chance to jump into that top group coming off this visit. I guess we’ll wait and see what Judge’s final verdict is on Penn State.
(That was terrible. I’m sorry.)
Isheem Young (Kind Of) Talks Penn State
There’s really not a whole lot from this interview with PennLive, but Isheem Young does say that Micah Parsons is recruiting him hard for Penn State, which is a good sign on both fronts.