Penn State recruiting has been picking up in recent weeks, due in part to many things. A large factor is that the Nittany Lions staff has started to gear up for the 2014 class. I expect next year’s recruiting to spike back to a place somewhere near normal. For one, Penn State is almost a year removed from last November. While the past will always remain, kids forget what they had for lunch today. Also, next year’s recruiting class will enter college when Penn State’s bowl ban has just two years left on it. That means if they redshirt, they’ll be eligible to play in three bowls. On top of that, the roster is in a transition right now that will see it thin out quickly. A 65 man roster means you have about 30 kids on offense, 30 kids on defense and a few specialty players. That means that when you get on campus, you’re on the 3-deep among scholarship players. So for those who don’t redshirt, immediate playing time will be a real possibility.
Having said that, the 2013 class isn’t full yet…but they’re closer.
Offensive tackle Tanner Hartman recently decommitted from Maryland and verballed to the Nittany Lions, becoming the 11th current committed recruit to the class. Hartman will need to bulk up, but he joins Brendan Mahon and Andrew Nelson to round out the offensive line recruiting for this cycle. He’ll be at the Northwestern game on Saturday for an unofficial visit.
Despite the late additions to the 2012 linebacking class, PSU is looking to take more than one linebacker in this class. Alabama linebacker Jonathan Walton is eyeing the Ohio State game on October 27th as a potential official visit day. I think Penn State has a good shot here, provided things go well on the visit.
Erie linebacker Jake Plonski has also been in contact with the Nittany Lions, saying that Ted Roof now calls him on a regular basis. Unlike Walton, Jake doesn’t currently hold an offer. However, his interest level is high. He visited last year for the Iowa game and was back in Happy Valley this past spring. If Penn State offers, it could be just a matter of time.
A player who caught my eye and is hoping to catch the eye of Penn State is Virginia DB/WR Zac Parker. Rivals lists him as a two star CB but his film through the early part of this season is spectacular. His lone offer thus far is from Bowling Green but he says that he is in contact with several schools, including West Virginia and Virginia Tech. It could be his size or a subpar junior season, but this is one of those kids who really jumps out at you when you watch him play.
In state (Montour) wide receiver Devin Wilson was in Happy Valley for the Temple game and hopes to return following the season. He has great leaping ability as a wide receiver and doubles as a very good basketball player. The fact that he wants to come back shows his level of interest. The 6’3″ 3 star wideout currently has offers from NC State, Ohio, Temple and Akron.
The last 2013 recruit I want to touch on is Wesley Bullock from Tampa, Florida. He’s two star and he’s just 5’7″ 160 lbs…and he might be the best running back that you’ve never heard of. Think Ryan Switzer, but between the tackles. If you’ve been coming here long enough, you know that’s high praise. Wes tells me that he is in the process of setting up an official visit to Penn State this fall. He currently has offers from Ball St., FAU, Toledo and Bowling Green, among others and just received a Penn State offer last week. If you only watch one highlight reel today, THIS should be it.