It was a big recruiting weekend on the Penn State campus the last couple of days, and it has brought a wealth of good news for Coach O’Brien, as three visitors gave their verbal commitments. Central Dauphin LB Zayd Issah, Alabama LB Jonathan Walton and Wayne, PA CB Anthony Smith all plan on signing with Penn State.
Issah is the big name of the group. as the PA product was originally committed to PSU over the summer, before backing out in the wake of the NCAA sanctions.. He is a 3-star player on Rivals, 247 and ESPN, and a 4 star prospect on Scout. Issah never eliminated the Lions, in fact, he was very up front in saying they were still very much in the picture, but he just wanted to take his time and make sure he was making the best choice. Issah held multiple BCS offers, but Oregon was viewed as the main competition.
Walton hails from Bayside, Alabama, and was rated 2 stars by Rivals and Scout, and 3 stars by 247. Walton’s other offers were from Arkansas State, Minnesota, South Alabama, Troy, UAB, and recently visited Minneapolis. Walton was very high on PSU prior to the sanctions, working part time to pay his own way to Penn State’s summer camp. After The Emmert spoke, however, Walton’s family advised him to take his time before making a decision.
Anothony Smith is currently enrolled at the Valley Forge Military Academy, and is unranked by all of the major scouting services, with his only other D1 offer being UMass. However, as PSU looks to build their depth as much as the scholarship limits will allow in the secondary, Smith was clearly a player they had an interest in. Anthony is also expected to enroll in January, and count towards the 2012 class.
All 3 players were on campus this weekend for official visits, along with the majority of the class already committed, including headliners Christian Hackenberg, Adam Breneman, Brendan Mahon, and Garrett Sickels. It’s quite clear the 2013 class will be one of the closer groups in recent memory, and one that Nittany Lion fans will not soon forget either.
Penn State currently has commitments from 16 players. The NCAA will limit PSU’s classes to 15 players the next 4 years (2013-16), but have no worry, there is a plan. Along with Anthony Smith, Jordan Smith, Richy Anderson, and Adam Breneman are all expected to enroll for the start of PSU’s spring semester in January, and therefore count towards the 2012 signing class, which is not limited by the sanctions.
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