In last week’s recruiting update, I GUARANTEED that Penn State would not make it through the month of June without a commitment and on Monday, as predicted, Neiko Robinson (who?) committed to the Nittany Lions. Ok, I didn’t see that coming. There are a lot of interesting details surrounding Neiko’s commitment. First, this was NOT a “camp offer.” In fact, Robinson has never been to Happy Valley. On top of that, his notoriety, or lack of, is interesting. Rivals rates him as a three star, but apparently that wasn’t the case until right around the time he committed. Scout lists him as an unrated wide receiver and 247Sports calls him a cornerback. He’s a safety. The more I cover recruiting, the less stock I put into stars. There are a dozen reasons why he may not be rated but in this case, it is not a lack of talent. If you’re a star gazer, I just ask that you wait this one out. Once the services evaluate him, he’ll be a 3/4 star across the board. Finally, my favorite detail is that Robinson is from the lovely state of Florida, a state that Penn State has not pulled a kid out of since forever ago. Literally.
Penn State held their first camp of the Summer last weekend and three star WR Will Fuller earned an offer from Penn State. Shortly after, he said that Penn State was his top school and that he would likely announce his decision in the next two weeks. Those are good signs for the Nittany Lions.
One of the top players at the camp, in my opinion, was Delando Johnson. I was confident that he would receive an offer as a safety, but it didn’t happen. The coaches told him that he is “at the top of the list” and that they’ll continue to evaluate him and a couple others. The commitment of Robinson may have put Johnson on the outside looking in right now, but signing day is a long time away.
DT Donta Wilkins named a top three, which includes Penn State. I don’t know a ton about the situation, but I’m not positive that Donta has a “commitable offer.” Once the Nittany Lions received the verbal from DT Greg Webb, they cooled down their defensive tackle recruiting. Don’t get me wrong, Donta is a fine player, but so is Maurice Hurst Jr., who the Nittany Lions essentially turned away. Hurst committed to Michigan over the weekend.
Penn State seems willing to take another DT, but I think they really want it to be Eddie Vanderdoes, whose dad recently confirmed an official visit to Penn State this Fall is in the works. Eddie also recently said that an official visit to Michigan is likely, as long as UM remains interested. If Larry Johnson and the Nits do take a commitment from Wilkins, I’d have to imagine that would end the relationship with Vanderdoes.
Harrisburg WR Brian Lemelle tells the Patriot News that he will be visiting Penn State this summer. After offering him early in the Spring, PSU seemed to have cooked on his recruitment. This may be an indication that’s not the case.
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