Penn State Weekly Recruiting Update: 6/19

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Penn State landed the first linebacker in the class of 2013 when Brandon Bell of New Jersey committed last week. If you made me place a wager, I’d bet that Bell will not be the only New Jersey linebacker in this class.

Al-Rasheed Benton visited Penn State on Sunday and was reportedly “blown away.” Benton has been high on PSU for quite some time and is officially on commit watch.
p.s. He’s from New Jersey

Belle Vernon OT Dorian Johnson visited Ohio State last weekend and a source tells me that he loved it. It seems that was once considered a two-horse race between Pitt and PSU now has a third team in the mix. However, Johnson will be visiting Happy Valley this weekend and you can be certain that the coaches will be putting the full-court press on him.

Florida linebacker Freddie Stevenson had previously listed Penn State, Florida State and Texas A&M as his top three but after visiting Florida, he expanded his top schools to four and the Gators are now a player. However, Freddie has yet to receive an offer from the Gators, but it’s not far-fetched to think that one may be coming. Freddie is looking forward to an official visit to Penn State this fall, but I kind of get the feeling that the longer this recruitment goes, the smaller chance PSU has.

One of the top running backs in the country, Derrick Green, visited PSU over the weekend. Charles London has been hard at work on Green, including a visit to his high school earlier in the spring. Green is a beast and getting him on campus for an unofficial is pretty significant. He has told me that he plans on taking an official visit to PSU this Fall to see a game. He will be visiting Auburn soon.

Alex Anzalone is back on the market and is taking another round of visits. He was on his way to Notre Dame last week and attended a one day camp at Florida over the weekend. He will be in Happy Valley on June 29-30 for a camp as well as a meeting with academic advisers. Remember, his original decision was influenced largely by his admission to the honors college at Ohio State. Joining Anzalone on campus that weekend will be Penn State commits Christian Hackenberg and Andrew Nelson. Also scheduled to be on campus is Adam Breneman, but I have not confirmed that trip with Adam since his injury. If I were guessing, Adam won’t miss an opportunity to hang out with Hack and recruit Anzalone, but I don’t know what his status will be.


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