Unlike the last several weeks, this week was NOT favorable for Penn State.
After telling me that he thoroughly enjoyed his recent visit and that he would be returning for an official visit to watch a game this fall, he revealed a “lucky 13″ list of his favorites and Penn State didn’t make the cut. Strange on a couple levels.
Naming a “Top 13″ is absolutely pointless.
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman87) July 4, 2012
With Green apparently…maybe…no longer interested, pressure is on for PSU to land David Williams. He is apparently the lone running back left that the Nittany Lions are pursuing. New Jersey’s Zaire Williams recently camped at Penn State, hoping to earn an offer so that he could join high school teammate. That offer did not come and Zaire committed to West Virginia on Monday night. Keep an eye out for a guy like Roman Clay, who visited back in April, to get some attention. Roman has offers from schools like UMass, Towson and Delaware right now but hit the camp scene hard this summer, visiting UConn, Pitt, Temple, Duke, UNC, NC State and others.
This weekend at The Opening, Alex Anzalone committed to Notre Dame, leaving Penn State fans wondering who, if anyone, would fill his spot as the 4th linebacker in this class. I’ve maintained that a fourth linebacker is not a guarantee. I’m sure that a spot would have been quickly cleared for Anzalone, but the lack of offers over the recent weeks makes me wonder if they’re aggressively pursuing another linebacker. Newby committed to Nebraska, Deeb to Notre Dame, Stevenson to Florida State and, assuming they saw the signs that the rest of us did, they knew that Anzalone to Notre Dame was coming. Still, no notable contact with new linebackers. It’s possible that the staff feels good about their chances with guys like Al-Rasheed Benton or maybe Jermaine Grace, but if they were adamant about a fourth backer in the class, it seems like they’d be casting a wider net. I suppose we shall see.
In some good news, DT Eddie Vanderdoes won the DL MVP Award at The Opening and talked about some upcoming visits. I was able to confirm with his father that he still intends on taking an official visit to Penn State in the fall. He could end up as a five star DT, as one of the best DTs in the country. Getting him on campus for a gameday atmosphere would be Penn State’s best chance at luring Eddie away from the west coast.