Last week’s recruiting update briefly touched on it, but Penn State unleashed the coaching staff on Florida last week.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson was a busy man. I reported that he would be visiting American Heritage linebacker Michael Deeb, which he did. While there, he also displayed interest in WR Tyler Carmona, who told me he is a big fan of Penn State, calling them “one of my favorites.” The 6’4″ 205 pound, 3 star wide receiver doesn’t currently hold any scholarship offers, but has received quite a bit of attention and says that North Carolina is also one of his favorites. Tyler told me that he and Deeb are close but haven’t really focused on playing together at the next level, although it has come up.
Larry Johnson also made a surprise visit to St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, one of the top high school programs in the country. He was there to visit QB John O’Korn, who had Penn State at the top of his list, prior to Christian Hackenberg committing. O’Korn told me that Johnson was planning to stick around for a practice session after school, but he wasn’t sure if the coach stayed. I have to imagine that he did, because STA sends about 7 kids per year to play for Division 1 colleges. Among them this season will be Ohio State commit, DE Joey Bosa. I imagine that Larry Johnson was interested in seeing the 4 star DE in action.
WR Coach Stan Hixon stopped by to see linebacker Freddie Stevenson, who recently received an offer. Freddie said that the visit went well and that Penn State “pretty much” moved into his top 3 but that he will take another look at his list after the Spring.
CB Vernon Hargreaves is slated to host defensive coordinator Ted Roof this week, as well. It’s difficult to gauge Vernon’s interest in Penn State but Penn State’s interest in the top corner in the country is HIGH. Vernon has around 40 offers right now and expressed his excitement over his latest offer, Oregon, on Twitter. The good news there is that distance obviously isn’t a factor for Hargreaves. The bad news is that he has not showed that kind of excitement in regards to Penn State. If PSU can get Vernon on campus this fall, they may have a shot but right now they appear to be fighting an uphill battle.
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