Justin Fields Continues To Dominate The World
To the surprise of no one, Penn State’s five-star commit is lighting it up at the Elite 11 camp. Fields is running second to fellow five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, according to the Elite 11 twitter account.
Out at @Elite11... lots of good buzz building around #PennState QB commit Justin Fields. Very impressive kid.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 4, 2017
Luke Stampini of 247Sports caught up with Fields ($) for an update on his recruitment. Since the article is VIP, we won’t delve too much into specifics, but not all that much has changed. Fields is still committed to Penn State, but is keeping the door open with the heavy hitters in the South — Florida, Florida State, Georgia, etc.
As we’ve talked about before, there’s real reason for concern. It’s tough to pull highly-touted kids from the South, let alone the consensus No. 2 quarterback in the country. And while Fields committed to Penn State when he already had a strong offer list, he’s picked up the majority of these offers after his commitment. His recruitment has changed, and unfortunately for Penn State, that’s something they’ll have to deal with.
Getting through the summer keeping Fields locked in will be key. As much as James Franklin harps on relationships being important in recruiting, we all saw last year how important the on the field product is — if you win, recruits tend to want to play for you. If the Nittany Lions can make it to September with Fields still in the fold, the offense will be a great reminder as to why Fields committed to Penn State in the first place.
Micah Parsons Back In Happy Valley
Speaking of five-star recruitments, former Penn State commit Micah Parsons made a visit to Penn State this weekend.
5-Star DE @Micah_parsons23 (left) talks to #PennState LBs @FreakyyCinco (center) and @jasoncabinda during a camp. pic.twitter.com/dOtkDxmppt— Mark Brennan (@MarkXBrennan) June 3, 2017
This was Parsons’ first time visiting State College since he decommitted from the Nittany Lions back in April, so it’s a good sign to get him back on campus. In reality, his decommitment was a long time coming, and honestly, something that was needed for both sides. I imagine both Penn State and Parsons are — for the lack of a better term — starting the recruitment over. Ohio State certainly has the edge here, but this should be an interesting summer. Would expect to see Parsons pop up in both Columbus and State College quite a few times.
Penn State Visit “Sets The Bar” For Florida CB
The Nittany Lions hosted four-star defensive back Jordan Miner this weekend, and it appears as though his first visit to Happy Valley went exceedingly well.
#PennState "set the bar" after today's visit w/ 2018 4-star CB Jordan Miner.— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) June 3, 2017
"Everything was amazing."
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Miner has a top six of Auburn, Florida, Maryland North Carolina, Penn State, and Tennessee, with the Gators and Vols having the lead in his recruitment. We’ll see what comes of his visit to Penn State, but as mentioned last week, the Nittany Lions could use another cornerback like Miner in the 2018 class.
- Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker are headed to Rivals Five-Star Challenge.
- Penn State held its first camp of the summer this weekend, and sent out offers to 2019 North Carolina QB Garrett Shrader and 2020 New Jersey RB Jalen Berger.
- Trace McSorley is out at the Elite 11 as a camp counselor. We can only hope he’s teaching Justin Fields about the importance of moxie.