Seems like the last five Weekly Updates have been headlined by a commitment, and this week will not disappoint, as OT Dorian Johnson committed late Sunday evening. Dorian is the 12th member of the 2013 class, and will close as one of its highest ranked members. 247Sports is in love with Dorian, rating him as the second best offensive tackle in the country as well as the second best player in the state of Pennsylvania and the 12th best overall player in the country.
Dorian will likely close out the Penn State offensive line recruiting for this class, as long as everything holds up.
2013 commit Christian Hackenberg had a big week. 1st, he was named a finalist for the Elite 11 challenge, a national quarterback competition between the best signal callers in the country. Following that, Hack headed to Atlanta to compete in the Rivals100 Five Star Challenge (I think that’s what it’s called…). He left with hardware, being named the top QB at the competition, over USC commit Max Browne and others. He led his Northeast Team to the 7 on 7 championship.
Joining Christian on that squad was WR Tyler Boyd, who raised a lot of eyebrows over the weekend, “catching everything thrown his way.” Word got out that he and Hackenberg were spending quite a bit of time together over the weekend and that Boyd may join Hackenberg in Happy Valley this weekend. I have not yet been able to confirm that with Boyd, but you’ll know more when I do.
From what I’m told, it’s USC, WVU and Penn State at the top for Boyd. However, his friend and teammate, Titus Howard, committed to Pitt over the weekend and admitted he would be recruiting Tyler.
Also in Atlanta was OG Brendan Mahon, who drew high praise. In the one-on-one battles, Mahon won 6 of 7, which is very impressive for an interior lineman playing in space.
2014 Ohio linebacker Michael Ferns named his three “finalists” and Penn State made the cut. Joining them are Michigan and Notre Dame. Ferns told me that he plans on making his decision at the end of his junior year. He is one of the top linebackers in the 2014 class.
Alex Anzalone plans on taking a two day visit to State College this weekend. He wants to meet with academic advisers on the first day, before staying over with a player and working out the next day. Alex will be joined by Christian Hackenberg, as I mentioned, as well as Adam Breneman, Andrew Nelson and Curtis Cothran (“hopefully”). Be confident that there will be some recruiting going on there. Also, be hopeful that the academic folks figure out a way to get Anzalone into the honors program.
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