October 6, 2012;University Park, PA, USA;A Penn State Nittany Lions fan dances during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Recruiting Roundup

After a couple days of some off the field stuff, that certainly generated some discussion around these parts, what do you say we get back to some actual football discussion.  There are a few recruiting news and notes to pass along surrounding a number of PSU’s top targets.

  • Jabrill Peppers, arguably the top player in the country, may or may not have been on campus Saturday.  He told Darren Cooper of NorthJersey.com that he would be heading to State College after a morning track meet, but there were conflicting reports whether he made it or not.  In that same article, he explained he loved his first visit to PSU in February, and wants to take a closer look.  Michigan is widely considered a strong favorite, which Peppers alluded to, but he wants to be as sure as he can before his announcement on Sunday evening, which will air on ESPNU.
  • While a commitment from Peppers would be a huge coup for Bill O’Brien, he has several talented options already holding offers should the expected happen.  The biggest name would be Dravon Henry out of Aliquippa.  PSU has held a spot in his top 4 all spring, probably trailing only Pitt.  However, he still has no time frame, and there has been some talk that his friend, and fellow Aliquippa native Rushel Shell formerly of Pitt, and now of UCLA, has been in his ear about the Bruins, who recently offered.  PSU has been pursuing Henry hard for awhile, but it’s hard to say where they really stand.
  • The other DB name might actually be a little better known amongst football fans.  That would be Maryland native Troy Vincent, Jr.  He is the son of THAT Troy Vincent, of course.  It’s widely assumed he is a heavy Penn State lean, and could commit at any moment.
  • Another name that may be nearing a conclusion is Noah Beh, who despite predicions to the contrary, appears to be leaning heavily towards the Lions, over Boston College.  PSU doesn’t plan on taking many offensive linemen this class, perhaps just 1, and Beh is very high on the list.  Beh has long planned on a decision sometime in June after he graduates from high school, and it looks promising for Penn State.
  • Not a traditional recruit, but Texas Tech DT, and McKeesport, PA native Delvon Simmons appears to be transferring out of Lubbock.  Simmons briefly signed with UNC out of high school, but never enrolled, and ended up with the Red Raiders.  After sitting out the 2013 season, he would have 2 years of eligibility remaining.  He apparently is visiting USC this weekend, but is also considering Pitt, Miami, and the Nittany Lions.  He was a concensus top 10 DT prospect out of high school, and arguably the top player out of Pennsylvania in 2011.  An interesting story to keep your eyes on.

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