Recruiting news out of Happy Valley has slowed down recently, with 3 players (Mark Allen, Troy Reeder, Nick Scott) already committed for the Class of 2014. Between the 15 scholarship limit per class, and the maximum of 65 scholarship players on the roster, the staff is going to need to be exceptionally thorough in their evaluations, and subsequent offers. One of those players currently being evaluated, but not yet receiving an offer, is Ft. Washington, MD defensive back Alameen Murphy.
Alameen was on campus this past weekend according to Eric Detweiler at the Washington Post to get a first hand feel for Penn State. The folks at 247 have Murphy rated as a 3 star player, with offers from Stanford, Toledo, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech (where Ted Roof is recruiting him). In addition to those offers, Maryland, West Virginia, Boston College, and Rutgers have all been showing serious interest, along with, of course, Penn State.
He is an interesting prospect in the secondary, having only made the move to the defensive backfield his sophomore year, when he played safety. Prior to that, he actually played on the line. He moved to cornerback this past season, racking up 82 tackles with three interceptions and 26 passes defended. He has a pretty good mentor as well, with former Michigan State defensive back Peter Queweay coaching at Friendly High School.
PSU clearly has a couple other players targeted at DB ahead of Alameen (Anthony Davis, Montae Nicholson, Marcus Allen, and Al Harris), but should those players end up elsewhere, Alameen is a name to keep in mind as we move into the summer.
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