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October 30, 2010; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O

Bonus Penn State Recruiting Update

A lot has happened since my Tuesday recruiting update on PennLive and I have been away, unable to cover it. For that, you get a bonus Recruiting Update this week!
Where to start… Remember that Maryland QB transfer, Danny O’Brien? He’s going to Wisconsin. He showed up at the 1st day of practice, wearing a Penn State jacket and looking like a guy with his mind made up. Apparently that was the case, because it didn’t take him long afterward to announce he was headed to Madison for the next two seasons. I said this jokingly on Twitter, but a part of me truly believes that “DOB” saw Paul Jones, Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin practicing and was unsure if that was a battle he could win. I’m not that worried about it, to be honest. O’Brien is a fine QB, but he’s no Russell Wilson. Any time you an add a guy to compete for a starting job, it’s nice…but not necessary.

Next, Ryan Switzer scheduled his announcement, then kind of cancelled his trip to Penn State. Later, his high school coach appeared to blatantly leak Ryan’s announcement to a local newspaper. Still, Ryan showed up Wednesday morning and announced that he would be attending UNC in 2013 to play football. Nobody was more surprised by this than me. I’ll admit, for quite a while during the slow leak, I was half-confident that Ryan was misleading people to create suspense surrounding his announcement. I just couldn’t fathom the idea that he was going somewhere other than Penn State. It wasn’t until later in the evening when I got in touch with his father that I realized it was true. Even then, I refreshed twitter all morning, looking for Ryan’s announcement. Sure enough, he’s a Tarheel. I think we missed out on a future stud in Ryan, but you can’t win ‘em all!

Moving on.

This weekend started out as a big recruiting weekend, then the commitment of Mike McGlinchey to Notre Dame, followed by Switzer’s announcement kind of put a damper on the mini-Junior Day. Things have spiced back up a bit, though. Joining current commits Adam Breneman, Christian Hackenberg and Ross Douglas will be a couple of important prospects. DT Greg Webb was on campus last week and will be returning this weekend.  (UPDATE: Greg is visiting Maryland this weekend.) His teammate, 3 star DE Dajaun Drennon will be on campus. I don’t know enough about it to say for sure, but this certainly could be a package deal in the making.

Also confirmed for this weekend is the top running back in PA, David Williams. David doesn’t seem close to a decision, but this will be David’s 2nd trip to State College in the last 45 days. His relationship with RB coach Charles London combined with the presence of Breneman and Hackenberg should definitely give the Nittany Lions some bonus points.


LB Micah Kiser is also in Happy Valley. He told me a couple weeks ago that he was trying to schedule a trip this weekend, but I was unable to contact him leading up to it.

Also present, RB/DB Marques Little.

DB/WR Devin Butler will announce his collegiate decision on April 11. Penn State is in the running.

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