As I mentioned earlier in the week, recruiting news has a tendency to slow down this time of year. Coaches are busier with spring practice, and high school students aren’t as able to take visits with school schedules getting in the way. However, that is not to say there is nothing going on. Players do make time to visit, as spring practices are a great opportunity to see staffs in action, and get a feel for a program. On top of that, as players do make decisions, offers have a way of trickling out as staffs move onto new targets. Two such offers went out for Penn State recently.
In a move that might be somewhat surprising, given the numbers at the position, the Lions extended an offer to Canadian native, and current IMG Academy QB Michael O’Connor. Michael was on campus last month during a swing through several northern schools, making a stop in Happy Valley to take in a practice. At that time, PSU did not offer, but told O’Connor that should they opt to pursue a quarterback in this class, he would be their only target. They took that next step according to Steve Wilfong of 247:
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) April 9, 2013
Tim Tolley asked the question a few weeks back about whether PSU would take a QB this year, or even if they should, given the depth at the position, and the scholarship limitations. It would seem that O’Brien wants to make sure he has plenty of depth at the most important position on the field.
On the other side of the ball, the Lions hosted Warren, MI linebacker Jared Wangler for an unofficial visit earlier this week, and O’Brien extended an offer to the 6’2″, 218 lb. prospect according to Allen Trieu from Scout.com:
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) April 9, 2013
Scout and 247 both rank Jared at 3 stars. Penn State represents the first BCS conference offer for Wangler, in addition to MAC offers from Western Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, and Bowling Green. Jared moved from safety to linebacker this past season as a junior, and that plays into the versatility O’Brien is looking for with a smaller roster. Don’t expect him to wait too long to make a decision either, and PSU is likely in good shape. Notre Dame and Maryland, among others have shown interest, and Jared has plans to visit both schools, in the next few weeks, before making a verbal commitment.
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