As I mentioned in our story about the verbal commitment of Troy Vincent, Jr., the football staff hosted several committed prospects, as well as a few uncommitted prospects during a summer cookout earlier this week. While Vincent’s commitment was the immediate big news, the relaxed, family like atmosphere might pay dividends down the road.
The first, somewhat surprising, bit of news comes from Mt. Lebanon OL Alex Bookser. Earlier this spring, Alex included Penn State among his top 8 schools, but at the time, it seemed like a reach at best that he would end up in Happy Valley. Those odds appeared to get even longer when Noah Beh committed several weeks ago. However, the staff has kept in touch, and Alex made the trip to State College for Wednesday’s festivities, and when he trimmed his list to 3, the Lions were included, along with longtime favorites Pitt and Ohio State. I still expect Alex to end up a Panther, with the Buckeyes his 2nd choice, however, I’m somewhat surprised PSU is still in it, at least to some degree. For one, Alex never seemed that high on Penn State. In addition, Beh’s commitment seemed to wrap up the offensive line for the 2014 class.
Another revelation, albeit not as shocking as the Bookser news, was the initial impression the Lions program made on 2015 offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins. Jenkins could end up being the top prospect out of Pennsylvania, and one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation. His early offers included Michigan, Ohio State, and Pitt, along with Penn State. All indications are O’Brien, Mac McWhorter, and several players in attendance on Wednesday really gave Jenkins a great vibe. It’s of course very early on in the process, but with 2015 shaping up to be a big year on the offensive line, Jenkins would be quite the anchor.
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