Retirement of “Committany Nation”
Before we get into the recruiting news, a note on the title of football recruiting articles moving forward: I’m changing it. Obviously when I started here at BSD, the “Committany Nation” name was already set in place, and I just never put too much thought into changing it. But now that I’ve been here for two recruiting cycles, I wanted to come up with my own thing. Thus the debut of “Blessed & Honored” — a nod to all those recruits who are #blessed and #honored to receive offers.
Top 100 Cali Wideout Wants to Visit Happy Valley
247Sports’ Greg Biggins spoke with four-stare WR Kyle Ford last week, and Ford had good things to say about the Nittany Lions.
“I’m going to save all my official visits for the fall,” Ford said. “I may do some unofficial trips this spring and summer and I’m looking at Penn State, Oregon and Notre Dame for those right now.
”The schools I’m talking with the most are Colorado, Michigan, Washington and Penn State. I have a good relationship with all those coaching staffs.
USC and UCLA are also pushing for Ford, with the Trojans owning all four of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
It’s been a while since the Nittany Lions have landed a California prospect — the last being Koa Farmer in 2014 — but as the Penn State brand continues to grow nationally (see more below), you can expect to see the Nittany Lions dip their toe (paw?) into the California waters more and more.
Penn State in Top 10 for Five-Star CB
Speaking of recruiting on a national level, Penn State made the top 10 of five-star Louisiana CB Derek Stingley.
A one-time LSU commit, Stingley had 11 interceptions this past season, so he appears to be okay at the whole football thing. We’ll see if Penn State can squeeze a visit out of Stingley, but this feels like a Southern battle.
Penn State’s Strong #Brand
The folks at Pick Six Previews put out an interesting article on “How to Win in Recruiting.” In the piece, they discuss which programs have the strongest brand, based on a poll of 224 recruits.
According to 224 recruits, these are the TOP BRANDS in college football.— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) February 10, 2018
"Brand Rank" vs. 2018 Recruit Class
Correlation = .851 (Very Strong)
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As you can see, Penn State came in No. 3 behind just Clemson and Ohio State. Now, this certainly isn’t the end-all be-all when it comes to recruiting because somehow Alabama is way back at No. 19, but it does show you that Penn State is on the up-and-up.
And, yes, that is Pitt you see waaaaaaaaaaaay down there at No. 54. Hey Narduzzi, you STINK.