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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