With National Signing Day quickly approaching this week, VBR has taken some time to preview the five recruits who have already signed their letters and are currently enrolled at Penn State.
De’Andre Thompkins is one of the best high school receivers out there and will look to fill the void left by Allen Robinson, who declared for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Thompkins, a 4-star recruit from North Carolina, is highly rated by several recruiting services. ESPN lists him as the No. eight wide receiver in the 2014 class. He possess great speed and is someone who can make a big play happen every time he touches the ball. His 40 time has been clocked at 4.46.
The talented wide receiver committed to the Nittany Lions back in April and followed through with his plan to enroll early even after all of the changes at Penn State. Being from the south, Thompkins unsurprisingly had offers from several schools in that region. North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee were all interested in his services. Notre Dame also made an offer for Thompkins to attend.
In high school, the super-talented Thompkins was used all over the field, running, catching, playing in the defensive backfield and even contributing on special teams. At Penn State, while there is a need in the secondary, he is likely to remain at wide receiver. The Nittany Lions struggled in kick and punt returning in 2013 and could use major help in those areas.
Though there are four wide receivers, four of them 4-star recruits, in the 2014 class, the Nittany Lions are thin at wide receiver on the depth chart. 2013 starters Robinson and Brandon Felder are both gone. Thompkins will be a name that Penn State fans should get used to hearing over the next few seasons.
Like fellow early enrollee Michael O’Connor, Thompkins participated in the Under Armor All-America Game.
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