Penn State Recruiting 9/29/10


Quiet…actually very quiet week on the recruiting front.

Penn State is officially sitting great with Donovan Smith [OT from MD].  He has named Penn State his number one school, saying “They are my favorite right now, they are up there”.  He wants to visit soon, definitely by Michigan.  He has stated he wants to take visits elsewhere, and he has visited Michigan State, but I expect a commitment by Donovan Smith whenever he makes his visit.  PSU LOCK!

Now, one of my favorite players in this class, Darius Jennings [WR from MD].  He has been very quiet since narrowing down his list, but has finally spoken.  He says Penn State remains high on his list, and that he talks to Coach Johnson a lot.  Still not sure exactly where he is leaning, but Penn State seems like a sure bet to land in his top 5.

Deion Barnes [DE from PA] took an unofficial visit to Penn State this weekend.  Said the usual, said he liked it, and that he had a good time.  Penn State seems to be the leader here, and only seemed to help their chances.  His official visit is the Michigan game, which a lot of recruits will be at.  Probably won’t commit there, but Penn State should land Barnes sometime in the near future.

2012 recruit Joel Caleb, a 6’2 195 WR from Virginia, came for a visit to Penn State this weekend.  He visited last year as well, so interest is there.  Likes the Virginia schools as well.  Still a whiles to go, but Penn State looks good here in the early going.  Should be a 4-Star prospect, too.

Like I said, very quiet week.  Hopefully some more news next week.  Now some brief thoughts on the Temple and Iowa game.

Great to see Royster have a great game.  Temple has a pretty good front 7 too so this isn’t against some scrub team  Hopefully, he can have a similar game against Iowa.

Bolden had his best game, and is improving every week.  Going to face a tough test against Iowa though.

More on Iowa.  The D-Line will kill us…can’t put it any more clear.  They return Clayborn, Klug, and Binns from last years line, and our O-Line looks slightly above-average, at best.  We need a fast pace offense, with bubble screens, slants, really just short quick passes to counter Iowa’s pass rush.  Good thing though, is they replaced at least two (if not three) of their linebackers, and lose a very good CB.  The running game will be hard to come by, but we should have some success passing.  Not to mention, our O-Line has been good in pass protection so we’ll see what happens.  Hopefully, Bolden puts on a great performance.

Prediction?

Iowa – 19

Penn State – 12

Had to pick a weird score…most PSU/Iowa games do.