Penn State Football Recruiting 2012

Welcome back!  After taking almost two months off, I should be writing again on a consistent schedule.

First, Penn State 2012 Recruiting in one word?  Better.  As in, better than 2011.  2011 was, for the most part, a frustrating year.  Turned out pretty decent, but still wasn’t all that pretty.  2012 is looking much better.  PSU is sending out plenty of offers, many recruits have PSU high already, and this year is much stronger around our area.  All key points in why PSU is doing better.

Here is the list of 2012 offers.

Quarterback

Running Back

Wes Brown – Olney (Md.) Good Counsel
Mike Davis – Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson (Florida Verbal)
Greg Garmon – Erie (Pa.) McDowell
Drew Harris – Downingtown (Pa.) Downingtown East
Keith Marshall – Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook
Rushel Shell – Alipuippa (Pa.) Hopewell

Wide Receiver

Joel Caleb – Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill
Davonte Neal – Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral
Eugene Lewis – Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West
Canaan Severin – Worcester (Mass.) Worcester Academy
Corey Smith – Akron (Ohio) Buchtel

Offensive Line

Zach Banner – Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Adam Bisnowaty – Fox Chapel (Pa.)
J.J. Denman – Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury
Patrick DeStefano – Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman
Jarron Jones – Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute
Chris Muller – Boyertown (Pa.)
Greg Pyke – Baltimore (Md.) Boys Latin
Anthony Stanko – Warren (Ohio) Howland

Tight End

J.P. Holtz – Shaler (Pa.)
Kent Taylor – Land O’Lakes (Fla.)
Colin Thompson – Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
Brent Wilkerson – Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Defensive Line

Sheldon Day – Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
Eddie Goldman – Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy
Eli Harold – Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Korren Kirven – Brookville (Va.)
Mike Moore – Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Julian Pinnix-Odrick – Montclair (N.J.)
Jamil Pollard – Westville (N.J.) West Deptford
Tommy Schutt – Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West
Noah Spence – Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt
Jordan Watkins – Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy
Vincent Valentine – Edwardsville (Ill.)
Ryan Watson – Olney (Md.) Good Counsel

Linebacker

Quanzell Lambert – Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
Dillon Lee – Buford (Ga.)
William Mahone – Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch
James Ross – Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s
Nyeem Wartman – Archbald (Pa.) Valley View

Defensive Back

Bam Bradley – Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison
Demetrious Cox – Jeannette (Pa.)
Ronald Darby – Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac
Wayne Morgan – Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall
Armani Reeves – West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial
Terry Richardson – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Elijah Shumate – Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Ian Thomas – Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin
Jevon Tyree – Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick
Jarrod Wilson – Akron (Ohio) Buchtel

Athlete

D.J. Foster – Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Devin Fuller – Old Tappan (N.J.)
Cyrus Jones – Balitmore (Md.) Gilman
Camren Williams – West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial
Deontay McManus – Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar
T.J. Yeldon – Daphne (Ala.)

I’ll have my in depth take on each position in the next few days.  How many offers they have, highly rated they are, where PSU stands, etc.

Here are the recruits who are visiting this weekend:

Brent Wilkerson, Michael Moore, J.J. Denman, Jevon Tyree, Chris Muller, Nyeem Wartman, Armani Reeves, Camren Williams, Canaan Severin, Eugene Lewis, Ken Ekanem, Drew Harris, J.P. Holtz, William Mahone, Nick Tompkins, Zach Jackson, Julian Pinnix-Odrick.

If a gun was to my head, and I had to pick one who may commit this weekend it would be Camren Williams (6’2 210 LB).  He wants to finish up his recruitment soon, and is already down to PSU, Maryland, Michigan, UNC, and  another team that slips my mind.  According to some PSU recruitniks, PSU could be the leader here.  Which also helps with Armani Reeves because the two will almost assuredly end up going to the same college.  They’ll actually be coming Thursday to Saturday, and will be staying with Fortt and Silas Redd in the dorms.  Nothing but positives, hopefully.  But before I get ahead of myself, I’m not saying he commits this weekend, but if someone does…it’s probably Williams.

As far as PSU commitments for the 2012 class, they do have one.  Anthony Stanko, who committed last weekend while on his visit.  6’5 290 OG from Ohio.  No PSU offer, but does have offers from West Virginia, Stanford, and Northwestern.  No OSU offer, and he has said that he grew up an OSU fan.  But ever since the PSU/Michigan game he visited, PSU has been his favorite team.  He said (paraphrasing)…”I grew up an OSU fan, and it was great, but I truly think I found something better”.

I’ll have an official review on Stanko later, but really quickly, here is what Stanko brings: he’s tough, physical, and plays with a mean streak.  What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up with how hard he works in the weight room and the anger he plays with on the field.  Outstanding student as well.

Like I said, check back the next few days for breakdowns of each position that we are recruiting.  I’m excited for this recruiting year, and you should be too.  Looks like it could end up being a very good class.

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