Some time has passed since the last recruiting update, and though not a ton has changed, it seemed like the time was right to clue you in on anything that you may have missed.
Adam Breneman, Garrett Sickels, Brendan Mahon, Brandon Bell and Andrew Nelson were all on-hand Saturday to take in the Penn State game against Ohio. In the media room following the game, I looked up and saw that coach Vanderlinden had Bell and some other recruits looking down on the media frenzy. It’s hard to explain, but there’s a mezzanine-type area that allows people to look down on the room. I thought this was an interesting tactic by Vandy, showing recruits just how important Penn State football is. Also, Brandon Bell is a big kid.
In-state linebacker Zayd Issah decommitted last week before his first high school game of the season. Not a huge surprise, but his departure leaves Bell as the only remaining committed linebacker in the 2013 class. Zayd has said that he’s simply “re-opening his recruiting” but that doesn’t bode well for PSU.
Coincidentally enough, Westlawn, PA linebacker Junior Joseph has told me that he is interested in the Nittany Lions. He has been keeping an eye on the current recruiting class and currently has offers from Rutgers, Pitt, Kent State, Toledo and others. He’s listed as a three star ILB by Scout.
Another in-state prospect, DT Ty Haddock has also told me that he’d be interested if Penn State called. Once committed to Kent State, Ty is currently verballed to Temple, but did not hesitate to admit his intrigue with Penn State, mentioning defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
Florida QB John O’Korn told me that there’s a chance he’ll take an official to Penn State at some point this fall. He’s currently committed to Houston and plans on keeping it that way. However, his father lives in Pennsylvania and John had interest in the Nittany Lions before Christian Hackenberg committed. There’s probably not much to see here, but Larry Johnson did visit John at one of his spring practices back in May. If something were to happen to the Hackenberg commitment, John would likely be the first person called. In John’s first game this year, he led an 11-point comeback to beat Miami Columbus 38-28. O’Korn completed 15-of-22 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
A new offer recently went out to running back Richy Anderson Jr. Richy is a bit undersized, but he’s a legacy and he’s interested. Back in the Spring, he told me that it would be hard not to commit if an offer was presented. Things have changed since then, and Anderson has committed to Maryland. If the staff can get his attention, I’d say he’s the odds-on favorite as far as Penn State’s chances of landing a 2013 running back. He also has offers from Wake Forest, Rutgers and Boston College.
This weekend, Adam Breneman will travel to Virginia to watch Christian Hackenberg’s high school game before attending the Virginia-Penn State game on Saturday.
Once the Big Ten season starts, I expect official visits to start rolling in. Keep an eye out for more recruiting coverage in the near future!
CLASS OF 2013 COMMITS (Click for commitment stories and more):
Brandon Bell LB
Jordan Smith DB
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