With only one scholarship left for the 2012 recruiting class, Penn State coach Pat Chambers is working with limited space to recruit a player who can make a difference early and often. He might not have to look far for what could be a difinitive moment in his young career at Penn State. I spoke early this morning with Central Dauphin’s Devin Thomas, a power forward fresh off of an unofficial visit to Penn State. I asked him what he thought about Penn State, Pat Chambers, and the top of his list.
“I would say penn state is one of the schools on top of my list because its close to home, its a good academic program” Thomas said, his growing 6’7 225 frame has only helped his stock soar to his current ESPN rating of 90 and a 3 star rating on Rivals. ”I like the style of play that coach chambers coaches, the coaching staff is cool, my friends from school go there, and I can see myself going there if I didn’t play basketball and my impressions are that he’s a great person outside of the basketball court and treats everyone well.”
For Penn State, this could be the break they need. A talented, nationally respected player coming from inside the state. If Penn State had the program of Ohio State or Illinois, recruits like Thomas would be an automatic. The challenge Pat Chambers has, is convincing recruits that Penn State is on the verge of making that change to a respected program. That won’t be easy, but that’s a challenge Thomas is ready to face. “We won’t give it anything easy and you have to work for it. That’s what I like.”
Here is what ESPN had to say:
He’s a guy who is going to straddle the mid to possibly higher level status as a prospect. With his motor and ability, don’t be surprised to see teams take a flier on him should he replicate his efforts in the summer heading up to his senior year.