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Penn State Recruiting Update


After the flood of information last week with three Sunday afternoon commitments, another one that evening for good measure, the Jake Waters saga, and finally Tyler Ferguson joining the party, things have slowed down for the Lions on the recruiting front.  With likely just 2 scholarships remaining for the 2013 signing class, Bill O’Brien and the rest of the staff have had to become very discerning with the offers left.  Here’s a brief overview of who is left, and when to expect some decisions.

As was reported last week, David Williams, the 4-star running back from Philadelphia has scheduled a visit to Penn State in January.  Williams was high on Penn State, but had appeared to drop them from consideration following the NCAA sanctions.  Williams is probably still a long shot at best, but getting him on campus was a mild surprise, so it’s not totally out of the realm of possibilities, but don’t get your hopes up.

Another highly regarded prospect, Georgia linebacker Trey Johnson, is planning on announcing on January 5th at the Army All-American game.  The 2nd ranked outside linebacker according to ESPN.com had verbally committed to Auburn, but backed out following Gene Chizik’s firing last month. Ted Roof has been pushing for a visit, but that would not appear likely.  I expect Ohio State to land Johnson.

Let’s get to some good news though.  Tyler Boyd was planning to make a decision on January 5th, but the lack of a clear leader has him doubting that will happen.  Boyd is fresh off his 63rd straight win and 4th straight PIAA high school state championship, and is still considering PSU, Pitt, West Virginia, Michigan State, Arizona, and Rutgers.  Boyd has yet to visit PSU officially, but that could change shortly after the first of the year.  Boyd and Christian Hackenberg showed good chemistry over the summer during a camp, and that, along with a strong relationship with Stan Hixon and Charles London have kept the Lions in the picture.

As mentioned, PSU has 2 scholarships left for the 2013 signing class, but with the group already on board, I would not be shocked to see the staff pocket at least one, if not both of those offers. Even though PSU is limited to 15 scholarships a year through 2016, those 2 offers could be used on players that intend to enroll in January of 2014, and therefore count towards the 2013 class.

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  • Willie Green

    I’m a bit confused by folks saying that we have 2 scholarships left. I understand about the JuCos and early enrollees being allocated against last year’s class. But when I include the upperclassman that I assume are returning, I come up with a total of 74 issued against the 75 cap. I admit that I may be mistaken, but I can’t figure out where I’m miscounting.

    • PSUMatt2005

      PSU isn’t subject to the limit of 65 until the 2014-2015 season. PSU can have up to 85 scholarship players in the 2013-2014 season, the normal NCAA limit. The 65 limit wasn’t implemented immediately to make sure anyone currently on scholarship at PSU could remain that way through their 4 or 5 years on campus.

  • AP

    Matt, you had commented on a previous article that they wouldn’t be able to pocket any remaining scholarships for early enrollees next year and would lose them. I’m guessing you were wrong?

    Also, any idea what would happen if they did use up all 15 and had someone want to enroll next January?

    • PSUMatt2005

      I think I probably misinterpreted the question. Yes, PSU can “pocket” scholarships, but they would have to be used on early enrollees next year. I believe if someone were to enroll next January, and all 15 scholarships were used this season, that player would just count towards the 2014 signing class, and the limit of 15.